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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mandatory Full-Day Kindergarten Bill In New Jersey

You may have heard that there is a "new" bill being considered in New Jersey that would make full-day kindergarten programs a statewide requirement.  Presently, New Jersey doesn't require school districts to offer full-day kindergarten programs, except for some areas with a higher concentration of low-income families.

Supporters say the extra hours spent in school would help prepare the state's youngest students for the New Jersey's strict education standards. Separately, working and single parents favor the bill because if would ease the burden of making pick-up and child-care arrangements for their children.

The bill, S2587, is currently pending. I note that there was an identical bill proposed last year. Of course, there is no way of knowing how long it will take to pass the bill, if at all. You can download the proposed law from this link http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp.


Do you think that mandatory full-day kindergarten is a good idea?
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