Indiana school district waives kindergartners’ textbook fee

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — The parents of kindergartners in a central Indiana school district are getting a financial break now that a $152 textbook fee has been waived for their children in the upcoming school year.

Taylor Community School Corp.’s school board approved a plan last week to waive kindergartners’ textbook fees for the 2015-16 school year. The district will instead take on those expenses.

Superintendent Chris Smith tells Kokomo Tribune reports he wishes “we could do it K-12, but that’s absolutely impossible.”

Smith said waiving the textbook fees will help local families. He says some of the cost would be offset by Indiana’s partial reimbursement for students who qualify for free or reduced lunches.

Smith says that adding the textbook fee break could be attractive to families outside the school district. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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