POLL: Should Minnesota Schools Go Ahead with All-Day Kindergarten
With Burnsville schools ahead of the pack, the Minnesota Legislature is talking about making all-day, everyday kindergarten part of the school budget. Do you agree?
Among the first bills of the 2013 Minnesota Legislative session included one that would provide state funding for school districts to offer all-day kindergarten. Sen. Chuck Wiger, a co-author of a bill, said the funding would provide“an important step toward enhancing Minnesota’s commitment to quality education for all children.”
Some school districts in the Twin Cities are already providing all-day kindergarten at an extra or no cost. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board reallocated funding - $1.5 million - to fund a free, all-day kindergarten program for the 2012-13 school year. Although, some questioned the sustainability, and the classroom space.
Now, it seems both branches of the Legislature have the leadership behind the idea of an all-day, everyday kindergarten program statewide.
What about you? Should the state fund all-day kindergarten? Is it an expense local school districts can afford?
Vote in our poll.