Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1500

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-20-39.

Synopsis: School readiness grant. Provides a school readiness reimbursement grant to a parent of a child who: (1) is born after December 31, 2004; (2) did not attend a kindergarten offered by a public school; (3) has not completed more than 30 school days in grade 1 in any public or nonpublic school; and (4) successfully completes an assessment that indicates the child's readiness to attend grade 1. Makes a continuing appropriation.

Effective: July 1, 2011.





Turner, Thompson




    January 20, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1500



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education and to make an appropriation.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-20-39; (11)IN1500.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-20-39 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]:
     Chapter 39. School Readiness Reimbursement Grants
    Sec. 1. (a) This section applies to a child who:
        (1) is born after December 31, 2004;
        (2) did not attend a kindergarten offered by a public school;
        (3) has not completed more than thirty (30) school days in grade 1 in any public or nonpublic school; and
        (4) successfully completes an assessment that indicates the child's readiness to attend grade 1, as determined by standards developed by the department under section 3 of this chapter.
    (b) After June 30, 2011, the parent of a child described in subsection (a) is entitled to receive a grant of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).

    (c) To receive a grant under subsection (b), the parent of a child

described in subsection (a) must apply for the grant on the forms, in the manner, and before the date prescribed by the department.
    Sec. 2. School corporations shall administer the assessment and grant program under this chapter for the department. The department may allow nonpublic schools to administer any part of the assessment and grant program.
    Sec. 3. The department shall develop:
        (1) an assessment that may be used by a school corporation, including a charter school, or a nonpublic school to determine a child's readiness to attend grade 1;
        (2) the application form for a grant; and
        (3) all other necessary standards and procedures to implement the assessment and grant program.
A charge may not be imposed on a parent or child to make an application, take an assessment, or receive a grant under this chapter.
    Sec. 4. A grant awarded under this chapter shall be paid from the state general fund not later than sixty (60) days after the department receives notice that a child has successfully completed an assessment that indicates the child is ready to attend grade 1.
    Sec. 5. The amount necessary to provide grants under this chapter is annually appropriated to the department from the state general fund.