Indianapolis superintendent calls for more statewide help for non-English-speaking students

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Public Schools superintendent is calling for a re-evaluation of how the state pays for services for non-English-speaking students, saying schools with the highest populations are shortchanged.

Superintendent Lewis Ferebee tells the Indianapolis Star the district, where nearly 15 percent of students are non-English speaking, is burdened with steep costs.

The district and other Central Indiana schools don’t benefit from the extra money the state made available in 2015 for English-language learners because one-fourth of a district’s students need to be English-language learners to qualify for those funds. Community Schools of Frankfort is the only school district in the state that is above that line.

Ferebee says his district receives about 20 percent of the money needed to support those students and fills in the 80 percent gap from general tuition dollars.

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