Senate approves school funding

Senate approves school funding

There are 53 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 23, 2007, titled Senate approves school funding. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The fate of statewide full-day kindergarten, Gov. Mitch Daniels' top legislative priority, now lies in the Democratic-controlled House.

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AOL

#1 Feb 23, 2007
Does anyone doubt that free pre school will be next on the agenda?

Three states - Oklahoma, Florida, and Georgia - offer free preschool to 4-year-olds, and policymakers in Arizona, Virginia, and Illinois are considering universal programs.
(Source..Christian Science Monitor 08/206)

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Feb 23, 2007
one step closer!!!!! sorry to all of you who don't want an extra 2.00 out of your pay check to make sure kids are getting all the education they need.. but I can't wait! this is much needed! young kids are learning more stuff at an earlier age they need full time kindergarden to cover everything! it's great! i work a full time job and i pay taxes just like all of you. every school should have full time kindergarden not just a few.
Jeff

United States

#3 Feb 23, 2007
get over it wrote:
one step closer!!!!! sorry to all of you who don't want an extra 2.00 out of your pay check to make sure kids are getting all the education they need.. but I can't wait! this is much needed! young kids are learning more stuff at an earlier age they need full time kindergarden to cover everything! it's great! i work a full time job and i pay taxes just like all of you. every school should have full time kindergarden not just a few.
The money the schools are getting now is not being used wisely. The palaces these school systems are building are a HUGE waste of $$. We have pretty schools and lackluster student performance. Maybe we should just buy every kid a friggin ipod. That is all they really want anyway.
This is nothing more that taxpayer funded daycare. There have been several reports cited that prove full day kindergarten is of no value.
By the way, that $2 is mine, not yours to do with as you want. Your socialist and communist views of my $2 are scary at the least. Next it will be $20, then $200. Where does it stop?
Greg

Delaware, OH

#5 Feb 23, 2007
"At what point do we expect them to catch up?" said Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, who voted for the bill.

That's the reality, Erline. They don't catch up.
just wondering

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Feb 23, 2007
My daughter went to 1/2 day kindergarten. At the time I was upset that there wasn't full day kindergarten. My thinking then was "what" could they possibly learn in 2-1/2 hours a day? Well, she read within 2 months of starting kindergarten, was doing simple math problems, etc. She is now in an accerated program and thriving. 1/2 day kindergarten does work.

Also, although I do not have any other young children, I am upset that if this passes it will be phased in and only the "poor" will get to go at first. That is not right. If it is paid for by the taxes we pay then ALL taxpayer children should have the chance to go all day. It should not be based on income. If someone pays taxes (and most people who would qualify do not pay them or pay a very reduced amount) then their child should be able to go full day too. Don't penalize someone because they make "too much money"!
Tony

Avon, IN

#7 Feb 23, 2007
I personnally want full day kindergarten, but I believe it should not be fully funded by the government. I am more than willing to pay extra for my child to attend.
Tony

Avon, IN

#8 Feb 23, 2007
just wondering wrote:
Don't penalize someone because they make "too much money"!
I fully agree. Why am I penalized because I worked hard to be where I am? It makes one wonder why they should work hard when all the benefits are there for you if you don't. I have no problem helping people out, but I believe in helping those who are trying to help themselves.
Indy Citizen

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Feb 23, 2007
Next to winning the Super Bowl, this is the most hopeful development Indiana has seen in a very long time. Full force ahead, get this bill passed out of the House and start reaching educationally-needy children earlier in their learning careers.

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Feb 23, 2007
just wondering wrote:
My daughter went to 1/2 day kindergarten. At the time I was upset that there wasn't full day kindergarten. My thinking then was "what" could they possibly learn in 2-1/2 hours a day? Well, she read within 2 months of starting kindergarten, was doing simple math problems, etc. She is now in an accerated program and thriving. 1/2 day kindergarten does work.
Also, although I do not have any other young children, I am upset that if this passes it will be phased in and only the "poor" will get to go at first. That is not right. If it is paid for by the taxes we pay then ALL taxpayer children should have the chance to go all day. It should not be based on income. If someone pays taxes (and most people who would qualify do not pay them or pay a very reduced amount) then their child should be able to go full day too. Don't penalize someone because they make "too much money"!
i very much agree with you about the poor getting this first. it should be started at the same time. i still don't understand why some schools already have full day kindergarden in indiana and some don't why do we need to raise taxes if some schools are already doing it without taxes. and don't get me wrong i want full day kindergarden but i don't get the tax hikes. most schools are big enough as it is

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Feb 23, 2007
Jeff wrote:
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The money the schools are getting now is not being used wisely. The palaces these school systems are building are a HUGE waste of $$. We have pretty schools and lackluster student performance. Maybe we should just buy every kid a friggin ipod. That is all they really want anyway.
This is nothing more that taxpayer funded daycare. There have been several reports cited that prove full day kindergarten is of no value.
By the way, that $2 is mine, not yours to do with as you want. Your socialist and communist views of my $2 are scary at the least. Next it will be $20, then $200. Where does it stop?
and it's my 2.00 too... and i didn't choose where the money is spent the gov. does... may people should vote more if they want diffrent outcomes. i work 40 hours just like everyone else and my son prob. won't benefit from full day kindergarden b/c were not in a poor striken area but kids that are shouldn't be punished they didn't ask to be brought in to this world.
the hizzouse

Kendallville, IN

#12 Feb 23, 2007
Great Idea
the hizzouse

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Feb 23, 2007
yeah do it
Anon

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Feb 23, 2007
Shouldn't children with special needs also have the opportunity to attend full day kindergarten as soon as it becomes available? These children with documented developmental disabilities and would no doubt benefit, even if their families' income does not qualify them for a free lunch.
What

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Feb 23, 2007
Oh Boy wrote:
I just can't wait to start paying for worthless, full-day kindergarten! Can't imagine a better way to throw money out the window.
Amen! what a retarded idea. Studies show any benefit (educational) is lost before the child leaves the institution. Parents pay for your own child care. I did.
What

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Feb 23, 2007
Institute it and let the parents pay the additional money. It shouldn't cost anymore than day care and can probably be done for less. 20 kids @ $50.00 a pop per week is $1000.00 that with the money already paid for 1/2 day kindergarden should easily cover the costs.
pcnot

Prospect, OH

#17 Feb 23, 2007
The nanny state marches on.
Jim

Huffman, TX

#18 Feb 23, 2007
Full day babysitting is finally here, what a rip off for the taxpayers of Indiana.

And to those of you who are happy I will now have to spend my hard earned money to take care of what you created and refused to take care of, please do not pass go, just go directly to hell...
Indy Citizen

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Feb 23, 2007
Jim wrote:
Full day babysitting is finally here, what a rip off for the taxpayers of Indiana.
And to those of you who are happy I will now have to spend my hard earned money to take care of what you created and refused to take care of, please do not pass go, just go directly to hell...
You have missed the boat somewhere along the path of your life. Why don't you stop reading the newspaper and listening to news about others if you are so bitter and can only spit out expletives.
just wondering

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Feb 23, 2007
get over it wrote:
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i very much agree with you about the poor getting this first. it should be started at the same time. i still don't understand why some schools already have full day kindergarden in indiana and some don't why do we need to raise taxes if some schools are already doing it without taxes.
I could be mistaken, but I think a lot of the districts that all ready have full day kindergarten require the parents to pay for the 1/2 the day or go on a 2-1/2 day week. Part of the kids to all day 2-1/2 days of the week and the other part goes the other 2-1/2 days so the money works out the same. Not sure if if this information is correct - anybody?
Jim

Huffman, TX

#21 Feb 23, 2007
Indy Citizen wrote:
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You have missed the boat somewhere along the path of your life. Why don't you stop reading the newspaper and listening to news about others if you are so bitter and can only spit out expletives.
Because I like to know first hand who is screwing me and that is just what full day kindergarden is - a royal screw job.

You are the one who has missed to boat as you don't seem to know when you are getting ****ed!

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