Citations Affected: IC 20-20-40; IC 20-24-8-2.
Synopsis: Preschool education pilot program. Establishes a two-year
preschool education pilot grant program to be administered by the
department of education. Permits school corporations and charter
schools to apply for a grant to provide funding for the operation of
preschool education pilot programs. Provides that children who are
three or four years of age as of August 1 and who qualify for a free or
reduced price lunch under federal law qualify to participate in the
preschool education pilot program of a school corporation or charter
school that receives a grant. Requires the state board of education to
adopt rules setting standards and requirements for the program.
Specifies the amount of a grant awarded to a school corporation or
charter school to be $4,500 for each child for each school year. Limits
the program to 1,000 children. Prohibits the charging of any tuition or
fees for a child who is participating in the program. Permits a school
corporation or charter school to use other money available for its
preschool education program to supplement the grant. Annually
appropriates $4,500,000 from the state general fund for the 2013-2014
state fiscal year and $4,500,000 for the 2014-2015 state fiscal year to
make grants under the program.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 14, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
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requirements established by the state board.
(d) The department shall provide support to school corporations and charter schools in the development and implementation of preschool education pilot programs under this section.
(e) Tuition and fees may not be charged for a child's participation in a preschool education pilot program offered by a school corporation or charter school under this section.
Sec. 2. (a) The state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to implement the preschool education pilot grant program. The rules must provide for at least the following:
(1) The priority for making grants under this chapter if the number of children who would qualify for participation in preschool education pilot programs under section 1(b) of this chapter exceeds the capacity of the preschool education pilot programs for which grant funding is available under section 4 of this chapter.
(2) An evaluation of each grant recipient's program.
(3) An assessment of each child in a grant recipient's program with regard to readiness for kindergarten.
(4) Facility and program standards. The standards established under this subdivision may not require less than those standards for the highest quality child care that are established by the division of family resources for a licensed child care center.
(5) Requirements that school corporations and charter schools must meet to apply for a grant under this chapter.
(6) Requirements that must be met for a child to be enrolled in a preschool education pilot program.
(b) The state board may adopt rules to establish standards, requirements, and guidelines in addition to those specified in this section.
Sec. 3. (a) The department shall evaluate the following:
(1) The progress toward kindergarten readiness of each child participating in a preschool education pilot program under this chapter.
(2) The use of grants made under this chapter.
(b) The department shall make two (2) reports of the results of its evaluation in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6 to the general assembly. The first report shall be made before July 1, 2014, and the second before July 1, 2015.
Sec. 4. (a) The department shall determine whether a school corporation or charter school is entitled to a grant under this
chapter. The department may make grants to those school
corporations and charter schools that will best accomplish the
purposes of this chapter. The department may not make grants
under this chapter for preschool education pilot programs in which
more than a total of one thousand (1,000) children in the state will
participate in each school year.
(b) The amount of the grant awarded by the department to each qualifying school corporation or charter school under this chapter shall be four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500) for each participating child for a school year.
(c) A school corporation or charter school that is awarded a grant under this section must provide to the department the following:
(1) The results of the assessment of each participating child's readiness for kindergarten.
(2) A financial report stating how the grant money was used.
(3) Any other information required by the department.
Sec. 5. In awarding grants under this chapter, the department may not:
(1) refuse to make a grant to a school corporation or charter school; or
(2) reduce the award that would otherwise be made to the school corporation or charter school;
because the school corporation or charter school used or will use federal grants or loans, including Title I grants and federal Child Care and Development Fund voucher program money administered under 45 CFR 98 and 45 CFR 99, to fund part or all of the school corporation's or charter school's preschool education pilot program.
Sec. 6. A school corporation or charter school that determines there is inadequate space to offer a preschool education pilot program under this chapter in the school corporation's or charter school's existing facilities may offer the program in any suitable space located:
(1) within the geographic boundaries of the school corporation; or
(2) in the case of a charter school, in the general vicinity of the charter school's existing facilities.
Sec. 7. This chapter expires July 1, 2015.