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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Jim

Baytown, TX

#42 Feb 23, 2007
Fishers Resident wrote:
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Doesn't someone review these comments before they appear? This comment should not be allowed based on language. Now, to address your comment: What do you mean by, "refused to take care of"? If children are receiving an education, that is not neglect. I just want to point out that kindergarten is NOT FREE DAYCARE. My child starts kindergarten in the fall, and it will be 1/2 day kindergarten. I will still have to pay $677/month for childcare before and after school as my husband and I work 9am-5pm. Even if a child is in all day kindergarten, there are still expenses for before and after school childcare.
What do I mean, did you just wake up, what I mean is it is not my responsibility to pay the state to babysit your kids, that is your job, and if you do not want the responsibility, you should have thought of that before you had them.
rach

United States

#43 Feb 23, 2007
Jim wrote:
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Comments like this announce to the whole world you have no clue what is going on....
i'm sorry you have no clue what is going on kids come first first and foremost. it's sad that so many people are against this. i bet you guys didn't put up this much of a fight for the football stadium tax. but you'll fight about kids getting an education. sad and selfish. this is going to help kids get a head start but you can't see past it becasue it's going to help single parents out too.
rach

United States

#44 Feb 23, 2007
Brooke wrote:
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Are you incompetent? We KNOW it does absolutely no good in the long run. WE KNOW THIS. Why put so much money toward something that does NOTHING for the children? Children are never a waste. Programs like this that do not benefit children are a waste. I can't believe I have to explain this. Wait a minute, yes I can.@@
and you are who? how do you know for a fact that this isn't going to help kids? yet another selfish person incased in their own little life that they have no clue.
Jim

Baytown, TX

#45 Feb 23, 2007
rach wrote:
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i'm sorry you have no clue what is going on kids come first first and foremost. it's sad that so many people are against this. i bet you guys didn't put up this much of a fight for the football stadium tax. but you'll fight about kids getting an education. sad and selfish. this is going to help kids get a head start but you can't see past it becasue it's going to help single parents out too.
This is not about kids getting an education, it is about a place for kids to stay while their parents work.
It is a monumental ripoff to the taxpayers of Indiana.
Hard to Believe

United States

#46 Feb 23, 2007
rach wrote:
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i'm sorry you have no clue what is going on kids come first first and foremost. it's sad that so many people are against this. i bet you guys didn't put up this much of a fight for the football stadium tax. but you'll fight about kids getting an education. sad and selfish. this is going to help kids get a head start but you can't see past it becasue it's going to help single parents out too.
I am not for ADK and was not for the Stadium either. I am for cutting spending and just because as a state we are a little ahead does not mean we should go out and spend it all. If I had my way, our gov would bank the extra money for a year or two, not implement any new programs, hold tight on the budget and then look into new programs after improving the bank accounts, not raising taxes. Additionally, no longer are we talking about a $100 here and there we are talking thousands in property taxes, call me sad and selfish, I would really like to be able to afford to stay in the home I have paid for. I cannot afford any more property tax increases.
rach

United States

#47 Feb 23, 2007
Jim wrote:
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This is not about kids getting an education, it is about a place for kids to stay while their parents work.
It is a monumental ripoff to the taxpayers of Indiana.
okay so if these parents do what you suggest quit their jobs so they can watch their kids what are they going to do... welfare.. my god give these people a break I know several moms that work every day and make next to nothing and the dad is no where to be found... dead beat dads and low min. wage are to cause for most of this.. kids should not suffer! they did not ask to be brought in to this world. I have 1 child I happiely pay 125.00 a week for his pre school becasue i know he's lerning and i'd pay for fdk if i could but they haven't even looked at that my son goes to all day pre-school most preschools are all day why should kindergarden be any diffrent... if the gov would quit letting people stay on welfare forever and quit giving low income families more back in taxes than what they paid in we'd be better off, attack those issues not educating a child. I really think this is good for the kids.
just wondering

New Palestine, IN

#48 Feb 23, 2007
For all those who don't want this, please take note of our representatives and senators who voted yes and remember that come election time.

As stated earlier, my biggest concern is that our tax dollars will pay for it, but you have to be "low income" (and probably don't pay taxes or pay much lower taxes) to have your child be one of the first to get it if it is passed. This is NOT fair. If passed ALL should be given the chance. Your child should not have to wait because "you make too much money".
Southside

New Albany, IN

#49 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...
Full day baysitting wouldn't be required if parents took the time to raise their kids. Too many people are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Yes, you can bash them for being uneducated, I get that point. But does it solve the problem? Absenteee parenting (has there ever been a better oxymoron?)is a problem, but ignoring it will not change anything. As a teacher, I am willing to try anything that will change the culture of the students I am beginning to see. They are wonderful kids, very caring, but they can't read, write or do math. Why? Becuase no one has communicated to them that it's important except for teachers who they don't trust because of all the crap we see in the news.
You get exactly what you give!
rach

United States

#50 Feb 23, 2007
just wondering wrote:
For all those who don't want this, please take note of our representatives and senators who voted yes and remember that come election time.
As stated earlier, my biggest concern is that our tax dollars will pay for it, but you have to be "low income" (and probably don't pay taxes or pay much lower taxes) to have your child be one of the first to get it if it is passed. This is NOT fair. If passed ALL should be given the chance. Your child should not have to wait because "you make too much money".
i agree to the second half
Sam

United States

#51 Feb 23, 2007
There are also many parents who both work full-time rather than having one stay at home to care for their children just so that they can afford their $300,000 home, brand new cars and take vacations. I hear so many women say that they HAVE to work for financial reasons, when in fact they could stay at home if they gave up their new car or eating out five times a week. I also know a person on welfare and she sends her child to daycare all day while she sits at home. Guess who pays for her daycare bill? All-day kindergarten is the same thing.
Southside wrote:
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Full day baysitting wouldn't be required if parents took the time to raise their kids. Too many people are working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Yes, you can bash them for being uneducated, I get that point. But does it solve the problem? Absenteee parenting (has there ever been a better oxymoron?)is a problem, but ignoring it will not change anything. As a teacher, I am willing to try anything that will change the culture of the students I am beginning to see. They are wonderful kids, very caring, but they can't read, write or do math. Why? Becuase no one has communicated to them that it's important except for teachers who they don't trust because of all the crap we see in the news.
You get exactly what you give!
Fishers Resident

San Francisco, CA

#52 Feb 23, 2007
Jim wrote:
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What do I mean, did you just wake up, what I mean is it is not my responsibility to pay the state to babysit your kids, that is your job, and if you do not want the responsibility, you should have thought of that before you had them.
Education is not "babysitting". I'm figuring out you probably have no children - hoping, anyway.
r u joking

Indianapolis, IN

#53 Apr 18, 2007
first of all to all the people that are thinking negative about the FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN i repeat FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN not no damn full-day babysittig. It is good that we need full-day kindregarten because teachers have to cram all this learning stuff into the childrens heads by a certain time. When it's half-day then the children don't get the food they need or the excerise they need, but when they full-day kindergarten they do. Children are supposed to get a least 90min. of excersise and most of that is supposed to come from school by going outside and going to the gym. and what is 2.oo anyways people probably spend on something they don't even need and it needs to go the children i have to give it up too, but u don't see me crying about.
Flame Thrower 2

Indianapolis, IN

#54 Apr 18, 2007
Full Day Kindergarten is needed! Why not take the money from the budget of schools who are spending millions on building high schools that look like college campuses and football stadiums that are used about 6 months of the year...The football, Basketball, and Baseball budgets can handle giving the Full Day Kindergarten about $4 million/year! Let Sports Zone and all the other Sports fanatics share the burden, not to mention all of the companies in Indiana that do not pay taxes..HMMM..

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