Citations Affected: Noncode.
Synopsis: Early learning study commission. Establishes a study
commission to develop information needed by the department of
education to implement optional full day kindergarten and other early
learning programs. Sets forth topics for the commission to consider.
Requires the commission to make its report before December 1, 2004.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 15, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
January 20, 2004, reported _ Do Pass; reassigned to Committee on Ways and Means pursuant to Rule 127.
January 22, 2004, reported _ Do Pass.
January 26, 2004, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
January 27, 2004, engrossed.
January 29, 2004, read third time, passed. Yeas 56, nays 40.
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning education.
superintendent's designee, who shall serve as chairperson of
(4) The governor or the governor's designee, who shall serve as vice chairperson of the commission.
(5) A public school superintendent, appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.
(6) A public school business official, appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.
(c) The commission shall operate under the rules adopted by the legislative council concerning study committees. Seven (7) members of the commission constitute a quorum. The affirmative votes of at least seven (7) members are necessary for the commission to take action or make a recommendation.
(d) The department of education shall provide:
(1) staff for; and
(2) information and assistance to;
(e) The commission shall study full day kindergarten and early learning programs and report the commission's findings to the general assembly and the governor before December 1, 2004. The report must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6. In the study, the commission must include the following:
(1) The development of a sustainable long range funding plan for full day kindergarten and early learning programs that does not jeopardize existing classroom funding levels.
(2) The identification and determination of the full costs of specific early learning programs that would most benefit children.
(3) A determination of the full costs of full day kindergarten.
(4) A determination of whether a parent should be required to pay part of the cost of participation in full day kindergarten.
(5) A determination of whether there is adequate classroom space to implement full day kindergarten and, if there is not adequate classroom space, the cost and lead time necessary to add additional space.
(6) A determination of the impact of full day kindergarten programs on property taxes.
(7) The identification of funding shortfalls that currently exist in existing kindergarten through grade 12 programs.
(8) A determination of whether the department of education or another agency is best able to develop the components of
full day kindergarten and early learning programs.
(9) A consideration of major components that should be included in full day kindergarten and early learning programs.
(10) A review of public funding currently dedicated to full day kindergarten, early learning programs, child development programs, and child care programs to identify potential funding efficiencies and to ensure there is no duplication or overlap in programming or funding.
(11) The establishment of a time line for implementing full day kindergarten and early learning programs on a statewide basis.
(12) An exploration of other obstacles or opportunities that exist with respect to the implementation of full day kindergarten and early learning programs.
(13) Consideration of a plan to be implemented in conjunction with full day kindergarten to encourage parental involvement in long term student achievement.
(f) This SECTION expires December 31, 2004.