No Money for All-Day K

 Will all-day kindergarten receive state approval? Not this year.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius last year called for funding all-day kindergarten and supports preschool education, but SB384 does little to advance that cause after lawmakers allocated millions to education. Lawmakers agreed to the education spending last year only after being warned to do so by the Kansas Supreme Court.

“She has promoted all-day kindergarten and quite frankly the Legislature just didn’t have the resources to do that right now,” Vratil said. “That’s a $71 million price tag.”

While some children might benefit from all-day K, others may not need it, making the expenditure one of the lesser priorities in education spending. Even a state government must set priorities.

Source: Early childhood education bill focuses on efficiency, KC Community News, April 11

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