ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 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. That’s different than the current system where some districts charge a fee to parents for more than half-day kindergarten.READ MORE: Minneapolis Police, Community Groups Help Bring 18-Hour Standoff To Peaceful End
The expansion is a key feature of an education budget bill that will come to a final vote in coming days.READ MORE: Washington County Fair Serves As Test Run For Great Minnesota Get-Together
Lawmakers plan to pay for it through a series of tax increases, with most on high-earners and smokers.MORE NEWS: College Of St. Benedict, St. John's University Will Require COVID Vaccines
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