Kentucky task force backs funding for full-day kindergarten | Govt. & Politics | #schoolshooting





FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2021 file photo, Kentucky Sen. Max Wise listens during the opening day of the Kentucky State Legislature special session in Frankfort, Ky. A push to turn financial support for full-day kindergarten into a permanent commitment in Kentucky picked up momentum Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 when a state school funding task force endorsed the proposal. “This is kind of like nine things on your child’s Christmas wish list,” Republican Sen. Max Wise, the task force’s co-chairman, said in summing up the recommendations.




FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A push to turn financial support for full-day kindergarten into a permanent commitment in Kentucky picked up momentum Monday when a state school funding task force endorsed the proposal.

It was among the funding recommendations the task force presented for Kentucky lawmakers to consider during their 2022 session, when they will craft the state’s next budget.

The task force also urged lawmakers to develop plans for full state funding of school districts’ transportation costs and to fully fund a school safety measure enacted two years ago.

They also urged lawmakers to consider altering the state’s school funding formula.

“This is kind of like nine things on your child’s Christmas wish list,” Republican Sen. Max Wise, the task force’s co-chairman, said in summing up the recommendations.

“We will provide this … to House and Senate leadership, and we’ll see what the best we can do. But I do think these are excellent recommendations,” he added.

Funding support for full-day kindergarten emerged atop the wish list items from the task force, which spent the past several months studying K-12 funding. The panel urged the legislature to permanently authorize full funding of kindergarten in state law.

Earlier this year, the Republican-dominated legislature allocated state funds to pay for full-day kindergarten, but the extra spending was limited to just one school year.



Source link

.  .  .  .  .  .  . .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   .   .   .    .    .   .   .   .   .   .  .   .   .   .  .  .   .  .