Lawmakers in Kansas have tabled Governor Sam Brownback’s (R) election-year proposal to make all-day kindergarten care available to all.
House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) said that “[n]ow is not the year” for the initiative, which would have compelled schools state-wide to offer all-day kindergarten programs.
Conservatives also complained that all-day kindergarten programs would be abused by poor families as a substitute for day-care sans “academic rigor.”
Earlier this month, Gov. Brownback toured the state drumming up support for the programs. “I’m the third governor to ask for all-day-kindergarten funding,” Brownback said. “And each time it comes up, it’s like ‘well, maybe, yeah, I don’t know, OK, not’ is what ends up happening.”
At the time, he was optimistic that the program could be passed: “We pay for half of K and all of 12 [grades], when most of the studies, if not all of the studies, actually say you’d be better off paying a lot more on the K end and less at the other end, I mean if you want to get effective with your dollars.”
“This is a big commitment to do, but I think the yield on it is so important and we’re at a point in time where we can do it,” he said.
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