Indiana teacher rally not changing GOP school funding stance

Indiana's Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, left, speaks while seated next to Republican Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, on a projection screen during the BGD Legislative Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Indianapolis. Bosma and other GOP legislative leaders say they don't plan any immediate boost to school funding despite a rally that drew several thousand teachers to the Statehouse two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Republicans who control the Indiana Statehouse aren’t showing any signs that a rally by several thousand teachers last month has swayed them to boost education funding anytime soon.

Teacher unions and Democrats are calling for the Republican-dominated Legislature to direct some of an unexpected $400 million growth in the state’s cash reserves to schools.

But Republican legislative leaders were steadfast Wednesday in opposing that push, arguing it would commit the state to a higher level of school funding for future years when they aren’t sure enough tax revenue will be available.