Part-time kindergarten, part-time funding
Posted Friday, January 21, 2011
Schools that don’t offer full-day kindergarten will lose state
aid next year, according to legislation filed today in the South Dakota Senate.
Currently schools receive the full per-student allocation
for every kindergarten student enrolled, regardless of whether the district
offers a full or part-time kindergarten program. If passed, SB 72
will establish a minimum number of hours – 875, the same number of hours
required for grades 1-3 – that kindergarten programs must operate in order to
receive full funding. Less student contact time means the district receives a
prorated share of the per-student allocation.
Likely to be pitched as a cost-saving move in a tight budget
year, the proposal could mean further sudden reductions in state aid for
districts that have yet to adopt an all-day, every-day approach to kindergarten.
For example, if a district had 100 students enrolled in half-day kindergarten,
the passage of SB 72 would result in a loss of more than $200,000 next year in
addition to the proposed 10 percent cut to the per-student allocation.
Sen. Deb Peters, R-Hartford, and Rep. Jacqueline Sly, R-Rapid
City, are the bill’s two primary backers.
Categories:2011 Legislative Session, Education Funding, State Aid, Early Learning,
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