Blue Ribbon Commission Bills to be heard Thursday, October 3
On Thursday, there will be a hearing on two bills, Assembly Bill 465 and Senate Bill 408. These two bills, having bipartisan support, will allow districts to expand Four-Year-Old Kindergarten to a full-day program. Currently, our 4-K programs are half-day programs. Therefore, reimbursement for these students’ education is calculated at half the amount of a full-time student. This change will allow them to attend school for a full-day. Reimbursement also will be for a full-time student.
Read about the Assembly Bill here.
Read about the Senate Bill here.
MMSD is considering a full-day pilot program at one elementary school. Full reimbursement for the students will partially off-set the cost of expanding the program to full-day. Cost of the pilot is estimated to be about $200,000.
How can you help? Please call/email the Republican chairs of the Senate and Assembly Education Committees:
- Thank them for introducing and supporting these bills,
- Urge them to ensure speedy passage of this legislation, so districts can begin planning for implementation,
- Tell them that half-day programs often make it impossible for our families to access the half-day programs because of work conflicts and difficulty arranging half-day care when the child is not in school.
If you are interested in attending the hearing and registering your support for these bills, it will be held in the Capital at 9:00am Thursday (10/3), Room 412 East.
You can also start a message urging support here!