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Bill Detail: HB19-1262

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Title State Funding For Full-day Kindergarten
Status Governor Signed (05/21/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors J. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
R. Fields (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee Education
Date Introduced 03/22/2019
Description

Under existing law, the school finance formula provides funding
for half-day kindergarten educational programs plus a small additional
amount of supplemental kindergarten funding. The bill provides funding
through the school finance formula for full-day kindergarten educational
programs. A student enrolled in a full-day kindergarten educational
program will be funded at the same amount as students enrolled full-time

in other grades. A student enrolled in a half-day kindergarten educational
program will be funded as a half-day student plus the existing amount of
supplemental kindergarten funding.
Under existing law, many school districts charge parents of
students enrolled in full-day kindergarten a fee to fund the full-day
kindergarten educational program. After passage of the bill, a school
district or a charter school that provides a full-day kindergarten
educational program shall not charge fees for attending kindergarten other
than those fees that are routinely charged to parents of students enrolled
in other grades and are applicable to the kindergarten educational
program. However, if the general assembly stops funding kindergarten
students as full-time pupils, then a school district or charter school may
resume charging a fee or tuition for the unfunded portion of the school
day.
Under existing law, a school district may use a half-day preschool
position to enroll a child in full-day kindergarten. The bill prohibits using
a preschool position to enroll a child in full-day kindergarten. A school
district that used preschool positions in this manner in the 2018-19 budget
year will retain the positions in the 2019-20 budget year and budget years
thereafter to the extent the school district fills the positions with preschool
students.
The bill directs a school district that is not offering a full-day
kindergarten educational program as of the 2019-20 school year to submit
a plan to the department of education addressing how it could phase in a
full-day kindergarten educational program, but a school district is not
required to offer a full-day kindergarten educational program.
If a charter school seeks to expand an existing half-day
kindergarten educational program to full day, it must notify the charter
authorizer and amend the charter contract, if necessary. If the authorizer
objects to the program expansion, the charter school and the authorizer
must negotiate a change to the charter contract. If the parties cannot
agree, the charter school may appeal the issue to the state board of
education for a determination. Any renegotiation of the charter school's
contract must be limited to the issue of expanding the kindergarten
educational program.

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