Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 126

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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 of age.

Effective: July 1, 2012.





Tallian, Kruse




    January 4, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.







Introduced

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 education.

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 student becomes seven (7) six (6) years of age until the date on which the student:
        (1) graduates;
        (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 school year;
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 this subsection.
    (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 chapter;
not later than the date on which the student becomes seven (7) six (6) years of age.