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Ohio lawmakers drop all-day kindergarten mandate

By admin Published: March 16, 2011

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Ohio school districts would not be required to offer all-day kindergarten under a bill that's headed to the governor's desk.

Republican Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the legislation, which the state Senate approved on a 25-8 vote on Tuesday. The Ohio House passed the bill earlier.

The all-day-K mandate was part of the public education program laid out by Kasich's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Ted Strickland.

Superintendent Dallas Jackson of the suburban Forest Hills school district in Southwest Ohio tells the Cincinnati Enquirer there's a "tremendous cost" involved in offering a full day of kindergarten. He also acknowledges that it provides educational benefits for students.

Some districts say they plan to continue their all-day kindergarten programs, even if it won't be mandatory.

Information from the Cincinnati Enquirer,



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