full-day kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten will be offered in every public school district in Indiana this fall.

All but nine school districts already had full-day kindergarten, even though state funding fell short of covering the costs.

Legislators used a budget windfall to fully fund the program for next year, but it was still up to local school boards to decide whether to go forward.

All nine holdouts have opted to do so, including Frankfort and Zionsville.

A bill in the Indiana Senate would boost compensation to State Fair stage collapse victims and give more money to full-day kindergarten.  The money comes from recently-discovered state revenues.

The bill would distribute $5 million among the victims on top of the $5 million already disbursed through the state’s tort claim fund.  The money would be given to the estates of those who died and fully-reimburse the medical expenses submitted by the other victims.