Full-Day Kindergarten Accessibility Act
§ 16-99-4 Eligible school districts;
(a) A school district shall be eligible to request funding pursuant to §
(1) The school district is a public school district; and
(2) The school district operates a half-day kindergarten
program as of September 1, 2012, but not a full-day kindergarten, as defined
herein, serving more than one-half of the kindergarten students in the district
as determined on a headcount basis.
(b) Subject to appropriation, beginning with school year
2013-2014 and through school year 2014-2015, the commissioner of elementary and
secondary education shall rank and approve eligible public school districts
that voluntarily implement a full-day kindergarten program as defined herein.
The aforementioned school district shall receive funding to offset a portion of
the reasonable, one-time start-up costs including, but not limited to, desks,
books, facility upgrades, ancillary costs associated with relocation of
students, costs associated with the development and implementation of new
curriculum, and any other necessary expenses associated with each school's
implementation of a full-day kindergarten program. Ranking shall be based upon
criteria established by the commissioner of elementary and secondary education
to ensure the quality and sustainability of the full-day kindergarten programs
In ranking the school districts' proposals, the commissioner
shall consider the quality and sustainability of the program and the average
number of children eligible for USDA reimbursable school meals served by the
respective district's elementary schools with priority given to school
districts with enrollment greater than eight thousand (8,000).
If no school district has enrollment greater than eight
thousand (8,000), then priority shall be given to school districts with
enrollment greater than four thousand (4,000).
(c) The commissioner shall fully fund all eligible
expenditures of each district in rank order. If a district's proposal cannot be
fully funded, the district may either accept the available funding for the
project or refuse funding. If funding is refused, the commissioner shall fund
the next eligible school district's request based on the aforementioned ranking.
(d) School districts receiving funds pursuant to this chapter
must operate only a full-day program, no half-day programs. The full-day
kindergarten program must continue to operate for five (5) years.
(e) All funding provided under this section is subject to
(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d), school
districts that request funding pursuant to this chapter may be allowed to
phase-in the implementation of a full-day kindergarten program, provided that
the district provides the department of elementary and secondary education with
a schedule and plan as to the implementation of such program.
History of Section.
(P.L. 2012, ch. 372, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 382, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch.
358, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 431, § 3; P.L. 2014, ch. 456, § 3; P.L.
2015, ch. 141, art. 6, § 1.)