Denying an Important School Choice in Nevada

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Monday, March 4, 2013

Kindergarten is one of the biggest issues of the legislative session. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval wants to expand full-day programs into more schools at some expense. The Legislature's majority Democrats want to expand full-day programs into all Nevada elementary schools at far greater expense.

When lawmakers finally start horse-trading over tax increases, those discussions will be driven largely by kindergarten, and how to pay for it.

Senate Bill 182 had its first hearing Monday, before a joint meeting of the Senate and Assembly education committees. It's the Democrats' bill to make full-day kindergarten mandatory, even at schools with half-day programs that offer tuition-based full-day alternatives. Debate on this part of the bill focused on whether full-day kindergarten improves students' core proficiencies, and whether any achievement gains stick beyond a few years.

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