Indiana’s relatively low teacher pay compared to other states has dominated debate at the Statehouse over the last few years.  The state of Indiana budgets 50% of its revenue to K-12 education (see fig 1).  The struggle has been getting that money into the hands of teachers.  Although the budget includes larger increases in school funding than budgets in recent years it is largely left up to school districts whether or not and how to dole out raises through increased overall funding.  When elected I will work hard to improve funding for education and will fight to reduce administrative costs and get this funding into the hands of the teachers.

Figure 1