We hear quite a bit about the benefits of all-day kindergarten compared to half-day programs. Next year, more school districts in Minnesota will offer it free of charge because state funding will kick in. But with the change comes some challenges, and finding enough space in school buildings is one of them.
Former Minnesota Gov. Al Quie will be 90 this year. He served as a Republican Congressman for 20 years, then just one term as governor in 1979, and in his 90th year, Quie is more active than many men half his age. From a horse stable in Victoria, the former Governor not only rides, but trains horses and clears trails.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed an education package that boosts spending on schools and scales back high-stakes testing. Dayton and Democratic legislators on Wednesday celebrated the $15.7 billion bill, which is about $485 million more than the state spends now.
The budget Minnesota lawmakers expect to pass will contain funding for all-day kindergarten at state expense. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that any district that wants to offer it will have the cost fully reimbursed.
The state Senate has passed its education budget to provide funding for all-day kindergarten.
A long push to fund all-day kindergarten statewide is ramping up at the Capitol.
A budget committee has finalized another $10 million in recommended cuts for the Stillwater Area School District.