TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to propose the state pick up the additional cost of providing all-day kindergarten in Kansas public schools.
The Republican governor says in an interview Monday that his plan would be to increase state support over five years at a cost of $16 million a year.
Currently the state pays for half-day kindergarten but allows districts to have all-day classes using other funding sources, including funds appropriated for at-risk students.
Brownback says he has had talks with school districts and state education officials about the proposal, which he says has broad support. The State Board of Education has made all-day kindergarten one of its budget requests for the past several years.
The governor seems to have support from the other side of the aisle as well. Shortly after Brownback released his plan, Kansas house Minority Leader Paul Davis responded, "I support restoring funding for early childhood programs and our local schools that have been cut to the bone by Gov. Brownback."
"All Day Kindergarten fees have gone up dramatically for parents across Kansas because he made the largest cut to public education funding in state history. The number one priority should be restoring the cuts Gov. Brownback already made and fully funding our schools," he continued.