Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 19, 2012

Good news for schools

— At a meeting with reporters two days before the end of the 2012 legislative session, Gov. Mitch Daniels praised lawmakers for putting another $80 million into funding full-day kindergarten. He called it a major bipartisan accomplishment – and took some of the credit.

“This has been an eight-year endeavor of this administration,” Daniels said of the funding increase. “In 2006, about 1 in 7 5-year-olds had access to full-day kindergarten. It’s now 6 out of 7, and it will soon be universally available in our state.”

Whether that’s true is somewhat up in the air, but the governor’s efforts to spend another $230 million on education these past two years has to be heralded as good news in school districts across the state. About $117.5 million of that goes for full-day kindergarten.

Public school administrators, shell-shocked by the $450 million in budget cuts they’d been forced to make as part of property-tax reform, had been reluctant to predict what the new funding really will mean.

State officials say the $80 million will be added to the $96.5 million already set aside for full-day kindergarten statewide. That roughly $176.5 million in funding would then be allocated on a per-student basis to every school offering full-day kindergarten.

Thus, it’s impossible to say how much the change will mean to each school district. All

officials can say right now is that funding for full-day kindergarten is set to go up by about 83 percent.

As it now stands, about three-quarters of Indiana elementary schools offer full-day kindergarten. How much new funding will be available for the expanded kindergarten program will depend on how many schools decide to join that number.

Nevertheless, the new funding is a refreshing change from news school administrators have grown accustomed to hearing. It clearly won’t make up for the cuts of the previous three years, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

And the funding of a full-day kindergarten program across the state is something the state’s last three governors have tried to implement. That the state stands poised to achieve the goal at a time of fiscal uncertainty is a great accomplishment.

Full-day kindergarten has been proven to better prepare students for success in school. This move will put young Hoosiers on better footing to compete on a global scale.



Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Take a walk to school At the risk of sounding like “old fogies,” we remember walking to school when we were kids.Back in the day, that’s how it was. If it was within walking distance, you were walking to school.Today, like much else, it’s a very different picture. The vas

    July 31, 2014

  • DAN COATS: New Harmony marks its 200th anniversary Situated between St. Louis and Louisville, New Harmony is a small town in southwest Indiana smaller than 1 square mile in area. Fewer than 1,000 Hoosiers call this serene Posey County community home.Despite its size, the town has monumental significa

    July 31, 2014

  • LETTERS: Marriage culture in area must change Marriage culture in area must change Last week's article on the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Kids Count report caught my eye. While I'm happy that Indiana is improving in the educational domain, the poverty statistics are saddening. I was just s

    July 31, 2014

  • A lookat IU salaries Of the five highest paid employees of Indiana University, three are involved with athletics. That was the case in 2013 as well.In new evidence that spending on athletic department salaries is outpacing the rest of the university, if not the vast majo

    July 31, 2014

  • Rob Burgess House of Burgess: Let's put lethal injection to sleep

    It was only a matter of time before this happened again; and I’m sad to say I’m not surprised at all.
    On July 22, the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for the killing of Arizona death row inmate James R. Wood III, who had filed suit requesting a delay until the state revealed the details of the drugs that would be used to end his life.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Plot a plan to quit now OK, so maybe today isn’t the perfect day to quit smoking. For years, the experts were preaching any day was a good day to quit, and they had annual campaigns encouraging people to give up the habit.The campaigns raised awareness, and they led many sm

    July 30, 2014

  • LETTERS: City should celebrate its young track star City should celebrate its young track starCongratulations to Tionna Brown, who has given the city of Kokomo the platform to acknowledge what commitment, perseverance, sacrifice and determination can do.I find this a unique opportunity for her Common

    July 30, 2014

  • ANDREA NEAL: Fleeting canal era had lasting impact on state Editor’s note: This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016. In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed to great fanfare. Cannon fire, parades, balls and speeches celebrated the speed and ski

    July 30, 2014

  • Schools need kids' parents For school-age children in southern Miami County — and their parents — this is a seminal week. Classes start at Maconaquah schools on Friday.School starts for the rest of the Kokomo area next week.Before your children head back to school, ensure they

    July 29, 2014

  • TOM LoBIANCO: Pence, Bayh crowd field with questions In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs -- Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh -- have potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them. Until Pence says otherwise, he's

    July 29, 2014

Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.