School funding, taxes top Legislature's 2015 plans

School funding, taxes top Legislature's 2015 plans

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The four caucus leaders of the Indiana General Assembly say they plan to spend most of their time on school funding and taxes in the upcoming legislative session.

Republicans have called for increased school funding for suburban and rural schools, but Democrats say that will likely eat away at funds for urban schools.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long, Democratic House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (PEE'-lath) and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (LAN'-in) spoke Monday at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative preview.

Chamber President Kevin Brinegar said Monday that he would like to see the state schools superintendent become an appointed position, amid ongoing partisan education battles. But Bosma and Long were cool to the idea when asked about it.

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