Governor Mitch Daniels says full day kindergarten is now a reality for all Hoosier children, and he hopes it’s a permanent reality.
Funding for full day kindergarten has been slowly increased over several years. A bill Governor Daniels signed Tuesday adds more than $80 million to kindergarten. Daniels says that’s enough to make it possible for virtually every Hoosier child to participate without parents paying out of pocket.
“Any additional charges, the bill prohibits school districts – now that they’re fully funded – from charging anything for it.”
It will be more difficult to trigger an automatic taxpayer refund under a bill passed by the General Assembly on its final day of session.
With a strong fiscal year to date and revenue forecasts predicting a steady finish, Indiana appears likely headed for a taxpayer refund this year. As a result, lawmakers made few changes affecting this year’s refund.