Some schools gain, some lose under new state budget

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 30, 2015) -- Much like our kids learn what it means to be winning or losing early in life, school districts are falling into those categories when it comes to updated state funding.

Legislators passed the 2015-17 state budget this week, including big changes to education funding.

All along, Republican legislators wanted to shift more money to growing suburban districts in order to pay for the programs they need for new students.

However, that meant some districts, in particular urban ones, had to lose funding.

FOX59's partners at the Indy Star crunched the numbers. Here are the top three central Indiana "winners" and "losers" in the budget:

WINNERS

  • Indiana Virtual School, $27.6 milllion
  • Hamilton Southeastern Schools, $21 million
  • Carmel Clay Schools, $12.4 million

LOSERS

  • Indianapolis Public Schools, -$16.9 million
  • Muncie Community Schools, -$2.9 million
  • Marion Community Schools, -$2 million

You won't hear IPS giving into the term losers, though. Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee pointed out that the calculation is largely based on a projected loss of students, so if IPS can keep kids in the district, they can cushion the blow.

"While it’s not all positive, it’s not all doom and gloom either. ... There are a lot of indicators that we believe point to steady or increased enrollment," Ferebee said.

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