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The new Indiana Department of Education license plate benefits schools all over the state. The latest version of the Department of Education plate features the “Hoosier Family of Readers” owls. The plate was formerly the Garfield/School House plate that was introduced in the late 1990s and then the “Read On Indiana” plate that was issued about ten years later. Though the design of the plate has changed over the years, one fact about the plates remains a constant: The contribution that is made when you purchase your “Hoosier Family of Readers” plate directly supports public education in the State of Indiana. The revenue from the plate sales is distributed in two different ways: 25% of the money goes to the DOE to help provide grants to schools in order to fund elementary school counselors and 75% of the funds goes to the school corporation or the public education foundation of the purchasers choice and can be used by the school district or other program for many things, but not salaries or benefits.
- Twenty-five percent (25%) of the money goes to the Department of Education to administer the school intervention and career counseling development program which funds grants for hiring new elementary school counselors. In the case of the 25% of funds paying for school counselors, schools can apply for grants that will pay up to $15,000 to be applied toward the salary of a full-time, licensed elementary school counselor.
- Seventy-five percent (75%) of the money goes to the school corporation or the public education foundation of the purchaser’s choice. As for the 75% percent of funds distributed to local public education foundations, that money can be used for a multitude of projects and programs within the school district as long as it is not used for teacher salaries or related benefits.
- The School Intervention and Career Counseling Development Fund also known as the “Elementary School Counseling Grant” provides grants to Indiana School Corporations to be applied towards the partial payment of the salary for a full-time, licensed Elementary (K-6) School Counselor. Schools who apply for and receive this award may receive up to $15,000/year (totaling up to $30,000 for two years pending availability) to partially fund a full-time, licensed elementary-level School Counselor.
- With the Indiana education license plate, you can send the word about the importance of learning and show your support for our public schools. Just $40 puts your commitment on your license plate. A portion of your fee covers plate administrative costs, $6.75 funds elementary school counselors and $18.75 goes directly to the school corporation or public education foundation of your choice.When you renew your vehicle registration, you can ask for the education license plate.
- Receive an Education Specialty Plate by visiting the BMV website at http://www.in.gov/bmv. Create or log into your account and pull up your registration. Click “Change My Plate”. In the Category field, choose “Special Organizations”. In the Specific Plate field, choose “Education”. Select your county of residence and the school district to receive proceeds from your purchase. Since the plate’s introduction in 1997 public schools throughout Indiana have received more than $5.8 million to support classroom activities and learning.
- To purchase your “Hoosier Family of Readers” plate and support the school corporation of your choice, visit your local BMV.
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