Who filed report: Melissa Butler
Bill Number: HB41
Bill Title: Fee for Supplemental Hours
Bill Grade: C
Bill Sponsors: Rep Steve Eliason
The bill allows for elementary schools to provide optional extra hours for kindergarten students. They will be allowed to charge parents for these extra hours, but the cost cannot exceed the actual amount it costs them to run the program, meaning it can't operate at a profit. It also requires that a program be in place to cover the cost of the program for parents who wish their children to be in it, but who can't afford the cost.
Does the bill increase/decrease local control?: Neither
Does it increase/decrease parental rights?: Neither
Does it help/hurt children?: Neither
Any conflicts of interest?: No.
As long as supplemental kindergarten hours remain optional, it will neither increase or decrease parental rights. However, it will bear watching to ensure they don't require supplemental hours based on test scores, or any factors outside of parental choice.