Full Day Kindergarten


Maybe the third time will be a charm.

For the third time in the past eight years,
An Indiana governor will try to prod lawmakers into passing a full day kindergarten program.

Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to unveil his full day kindergarten proposal next week, at a time when an estimated 40-percent of all Indiana kindergarteners
already attend full day "K.”

Back in 1999, lobbying for full day kindergarten was enough to keep then governor Frank O'bannon hopping.

In 2004, then-Governor Joe Kernan tried carrying the torch.

Today, it was state school superintendent Suellen Reed pushing full day "K" during a visit to South Bend.

It was interesting to note, today’s pitch came at a school that has nothing but full day kindergarten classes, at a time when many Indiana schools simply got tired of waiting for the state to act.

According to Reed, “almost every corporation in the state has some form of full day kindergarten whether it’s just for title one students, or whether it's extended day programs that include all the students.”

State Senator John Broden can be included on the list of
Full day “K” supporters, saying “I think we ought to just do it,
This is something we've fallen behind other states on and frankly, we have some catching up to do.”

In 2004, the full day “K” bill got caught up in the senate,
after it had passed the house.

In the Elkhart Community Schools, all kindergarten classrooms have gone full-day. In the South Bend Schools,
About 60-percent of all kindergarteners attend full time.


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