Ritz proposing tax break for families who have students in public school

FILE - In a in this June 10, 2013 file photo, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indiana’s top school official says she wants lawmakers to approve an annual $1,000 tax break for families who have students in public school.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz said she wants the money to help cover textbook costs and other education-related expenses.

“Budgets reflect priorities,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, “And there is no greater priority than our children and investments that we need to make in their future.  As Superintendent, I am calling for common sense funding increases for all schools, while also making high-quality, public and private pre-K available to Hoosier families in every community.”

Work begins on a new budget when the legislature returns in January.

Lawmakers must send a new budget to the governor by the end of April.

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