'Ghost' students cost Indiana $94 million in 2009


Indianapolis - Indiana's top education official says the state needs to revise its school funding formula so it doesn't send money to schools for students who no are no longer enrolled.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is urging lawmakers to support a formula that would let education money follow each student. The state sent $94 million to schools in 2009 to support more than 16,000 "ghost" students who weren't enrolled.

The Times of Munster reports Indiana provides schools with funding for students who leave at a declining rate for three additional years under a practice called a de-ghoster.

State lawmakers are studying the funding formula and will meet later this month to recommend action in the upcoming legislative session.

Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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