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VIDEO: Why All-day K Pays

January 17, 2013 By Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist

When it comes to kindergarten, Minnesota is lagging our neighbors. First, according to State Sen. Tom Bakk, there is no requirement students attend kindergarten. Also, all-day K programs are rare in the state, and costly for parents and districts, as the state only offers funding for half-day programs.

New legislation would fund schools that choose to offer full-day programs. It would cost the state $170 million in the biennial budget, an investment superintendents like Burnsville-Eagan-Savage's Randy Clegg say would improve education outcomes and ease the funding burden on parents and property taxpayers. It's so important, his school recently make the investment in free all-day K.


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