SENATE BILL No. 126
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-33-2.
Synopsis: Mandatory half-day kindergarten enrollment. Beginning
with the 2012-2013 school year, requires a student to enroll in a
kindergarten program that is at least a half-day program not later than
the fall term of the school year in which the student becomes six years
Effective: July 1, 2012.
January 4, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)
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SENATE BILL No. 126
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-33-2-6; (12)IN0126.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-33-2-6, AS ADDED BY P.L.242-2005,
SECTION 17, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 6. A student is bound by the requirements of this
chapter from the earlier of the date on which the student officially
enrolls in a school or, except as provided in section 8 of this chapter,
the beginning of the fall school term for the school year in which the
seven (7) six (6) years of age until the date on which
(2) becomes eighteen (18) years of age; or
(3) becomes sixteen (16) years of age but is less than eighteen
(18) years of age and the requirements under section 9 of this
chapter concerning an exit interview are met enabling the student
to withdraw from school before graduation;
whichever occurs first.
SOURCE: IC 20-33-2-7; (12)IN0126.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 20-33-2-7, AS ADDED BY P.L.246-2005,
SECTION 177, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012]: Sec. 7. (a) In addition to the
requirements of sections 4 through 6 of this chapter, a student must be
at least five (5) years of age on:
(1) July 1 of the 2005-2006 school year; or
(2) August 1 of the 2006-2007 school year or any subsequent
to officially enroll in a kindergarten program offered by a school
corporation. However, subject to subsection (c), the governing body of
the school corporation shall adopt a procedure affording a parent of a
student who does not meet the minimum age requirement set forth in
this subsection the right to appeal to the superintendent for enrollment
of the student in kindergarten at an age earlier than the age set forth in
(b) In addition to the requirements of sections 4 through 6 of this
chapter and subsection (a), and subject to subsection (c), if a student
enrolls in school as allowed under section 6 of this chapter and has not
attended kindergarten, the superintendent shall make a determination
as to whether the student shall enroll in kindergarten or grade 1 based
on the particular model assessment adopted by the governing body
under subsection (c).
(c) To assist the principal and governing bodies, the department
shall do the following:
(1) Establish guidelines to assist each governing body in
establishing a procedure for making appeals to the superintendent
under subsection (a).
(2) Establish criteria by which a governing body may adopt a
model assessment that may be used in making the determination
under subsection (b).
(d) Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, a student shall
enroll in a kindergarten program that is at least a half-day
program not later than the fall term of the school year in which the
student becomes six (6) years of age.
SOURCE: IC 20-33-2-8; (12)IN0126.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 20-33-2-8, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005, SECTION
17, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1,
2012]: Sec. 8. A student is not bound by the requirements of this
chapter until the student becomes
seven (7) six (6)
years of age, if,
upon request of the superintendent of the school corporation, the parent
of a student who would otherwise be subject to compulsory school
attendance under section 6 of this chapter certifies to the
superintendent that the parent intends to:
(1) enroll the student in a nonaccredited, nonpublic school; or
(2) begin providing the student with instruction equivalent to that
given in the public schools as permitted under section 28 of this
not later than the date on which the student becomes
seven (7) six (6)
years of age.