A new study scheduled to be released next week by the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute shows, on average, less than 50 percent of the staffing funds spent by Indiana schools actually go to classroom teachers.
In an interview with Indy Politics IFPI Director Chris Watts says about 47 percent of staffing dollars actually go towards paying teachers, the rest is on administrative costs. That number is 57 percent, on average, for charter schools.
State lawmakers wrestled this session with how to increase teacher pay and a commission is looking at ways to address the issue in the long term.
You can hear Watts in the Leon-Tailored Audio segment above. It runs for about seven minutes.