-- An Indiana legislative council signed off on allowing a controversial
school takeover bill to be considered when lawmakers gather May 14 for a
The council is
comprised of leaders from both parties. Majority Republicans supported
taking the bill up, while Democrats voted against doing so.
The bill would
further diminish local control of Gary and Muncie schools. The two districts
have mismanaged finances for years.
Supporters say the
proposal will help stabilize both the districts and prevent others from
falling into similar financial distress.
Democrats say itís
unnecessary and undemocratic.
The legislation was
among a handful of bills approved for special session consideration.
The measures died
during the regular session in March after bickering Republicans blew past a
deadline to adjourn.