Governor Brownback Visits Manhattan Elementary School

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Brownback made a special visit to Manhattan today to recognize an award winning elementary school.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary was one of forty two Kansas elementary schools to be recognized in the seventh annual Governor’s Achievement Awards. The school must be among the top five percent in both reading and mathematics on the state assessment at its respective level, as well as maintaining high attendance and graduation rates.

"It means that kids that go here are really doing well," said Governor Sam Brownback. "We hold these up I think as much as anything as model schools. This is what we hope all schools do, is hit these very high achievement marks."

Brownback also spent time drawing attention to his plans for the state to fully fund all-day kindergarten programs. Currently, the state provides funding for half-day sessions. While many districts offer full-day programs, they make up the additional costs themselves.

Lawmakers are studying school funding while they await a ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court on whether the state is adequately funding K-12 public education.


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