VIDEO: Why All-day K Pays
When it comes to kindergarten, Minnesota is lagging our neighbors. First, according to State Sen. Tom Bakk, there is no requirement students attend kindergarten. Also, all-day K programs are rare in the state, and costly for parents and districts, as the state only offers funding for half-day programs.
New legislation would fund schools that choose to offer full-day programs. It would cost the state $170 million in the biennial budget, an investment superintendents like Burnsville-Eagan-Savage's Randy Clegg say would improve education outcomes and ease the funding burden on parents and property taxpayers. It's so important, his school recently make the investment in free all-day K.