INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) announced that she has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would increase the amount of funding that school corporations receive for providing full-day kindergarten. Sen. Tallian said that this will be a vital piece of the plan to improve early learning in the state.

“There has been a lot focus placed on ensuring that state-funded early learning programs, both pre-k and kindergarten, have successful educational outcomes” said Sen. Tallian. “Indiana is a state that does not require our children to attend school until the age of seven, and we need to be sure that they arrive in first grade prepared to learn.”

According to the Indiana Department of Education, the 2013-2014 budget appropriation states that school districts shall receive $2,472 per student based on the number reported on their ADM in addition to one half of their funding formula allocation.

This proposal would change the funding formula, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, for full-day kindergarten programs by counting a kindergarten pupil as one pupil for purposes of average daily membership (ADM). Previously, pupils participating in full-day kindergarten were counted as one half of a pupil.

“This legislation is intended to ensure that qualified kindergarten programs around the state receive the funding they need to prepare our children for grade school,” said Sen. Tallian. “But also, counting these kids as ‘one pupil’ for the ADM formula will make the funding process more simple and transparent as these students move through the system.”

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s4.

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