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Indiana's Education Roundtable

Efficient Use of Resources Efficient Use of Resources

Exceeding more than 50 percent of the state's budget, public education is Indiana's single largest expenditure. Additional financial resources for education are received from the federal government. Effective use of these resources calls for alignment and prioritization of our current expenditures with the outcomes we are seeking.

As part of P.L. 224-2003, the Indiana General Assembly created a government efficiency commission to review state-funded agencies, departments, and programs and make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly for improving efficiency and reducing unnecessary costs.

It is imperative that P-16 resources are targeted, leveraged, and efficiently used to bring about the greatest gains in student learning. Key fiscal principles for P-16:

  • Current expenditures must be reviewed for efficiency and effectiveness and aligned with desired outcomes.
  • Additional investments will be needed to prevent and eliminate achievement gaps.
  • Additional investments to eliminate achievement gaps should be expected to result in savings in special education, remediation, and dropout prevention costs.