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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Early childhood education. Specifies areas included in an educational services center's purchasing authority. Establishes the early education trust fund (fund), administered by the department of education (department), to provide funding and grants for educational programs for children from birth through seven years of age. Requires school corporations that receive Title I funding to offer full-day kindergarten beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, and all school corporations to offer full-day kindergarten beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. Appropriates $1,500,000 to the fund to be used for matching grants to school corporations to participate in the Imagination Library to provide books for children from birth through five years of age. Requires the department to enter into an agreement with a qualified entity to conduct a study and to prepare a report on the amount of money attributable to each factor within the complexity index and to develop a fixed cost index for each school corporation in Indiana.