preschool

Source: Office of Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith were joined today by Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to announce that beginning this fall, 3,302 four-year-olds in 74 Minnesota school districts and charter schools will attend voluntary pre-kindergarten, free of charge.…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education Even with a short turnaround, Gov. Mark Dayton’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program received strong interest across the state. The application process for the program ran from June 3 through July 1. According to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), 234 school districts and charter schools began…

Source: Minnesota Department of Education Voluntary prekindergarten was established by Gov. Dayton and the 2016 Minnesota Legislature for the purpose of preparing children for success as they enter kindergarten the following year. The funding allows districts, charter schools with recognized early learning programs, or a combination thereof, to incorporate a…

Sen. Katie Sieben brought forward a school-based, voluntary, four-year-old prekindergarten program bill designed to prepare students for kindergarten. Sen. Sieben presented the bill (SF 3095) during the Senate Finance Committee’s E-12 Budget Division meeting held Wednesday. MSBA and other education stakeholders have been working with the Senate since the last…

Source: Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services A majority of those participating in the nonpartisan House Public Information Services state fair poll believe publicly funded preschool should be provided for the state’s youngest learners. They also support exempting Social Security income from Minnesota’s individual income tax and think the…

In the House … The House Education Policy Innovation Committee had a very full agenda Tuesday that brought the committee back after dinner to finish up work. The committee concluded the discussion on the universal all-day preschool for four-year-olds proposal (HF 46, sponsored by Rep. Erin Murphy). After a failed…

In the Senate — Senate E-12 Budget Division Committee Sen. John Hoffman presented SF6 to the Senate E-12 Budget Division Committee on Wednesday, January 21. His proposal for universal preschool attracted a standing room only crowd — there was strong support for providing funding for universal all-day preschool program for four-year-olds. The bill clarified…

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