Daniels Signs Law Funding Full Day Kindergarten

The law gives $80 million to full-day kindergarten, providing enough money for nearly every of-age Hoosier to attend.

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Kindergarten students could now get the chance to go to school full day on the state's funds.

Governor Mitch Daniels says full day kindergarten is now a reality for all Hoosier children.

Funding for full day kindergarten has been slowly increased over several years. A bill Governor Daniels signed Tuesday adds more than $80 million to kindergarten. Daniels says that’s enough to make it possible for virtually every Hoosier child to participate without parents paying out of pocket.

“Any additional charges, the bill prohibits school districts – now that they’re fully funded – from charging anything for it,” he says.

The bill only appropriates the money for the 2012-2013 school year. But Daniels says that’s only because making the funding permanent this year would have meant opening up the state budget in a non-budget session.

“Everybody understood that it will go into the base and it will be a permanent fixture,” he says.

The legislation signed Tuesday also allocates more money for victims of the State Fair stage collapse with a particular emphasis on providing more money for victims with long-term disabilities.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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