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Legislators May Set Aside Extra School Money

Higher-than-expected enrollment produces shortfall

(INDIANAPOLIS) - It's  not a budget year, but legislators may set aside more money for schools in the upcoming session.

Several school districts, including two of the state's largest in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, are reporting unexpectedly high enrollment. Since school funding depends mainly on how many students you have, that creates a shortfall -- a preliminary guesstimate puts it at $9 million. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says legislators will review the enrollment numbers, but if the data are accurate, they'll look at shifting some other money to schools.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says a fix for low enrollment estimates isn't unprecedented, but he warns legislators won't reopen the entire budget for more spending.

It's not clear why the estimates were off. Long speculates there could have been a mini-baby boom five years ago that's now showing up in classrooms, or private school students could be returning to public schools.

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