District Ponders Charging For All-Day Kindergarten
Associated Press - April 18, 2016 8:28 am
Another Kansas school district is considering charging parents for all-day kindergarten.
Newton district in south-central Kansas is looking into a $200-a-month charge. Half-day kindergarten would remain free because the state funds it.
Newton Superintendent Deborah Hamm says expenses are rising with no new money. She says districts can’t continue to do the same things with fewer resources.
Newton parent Ashley Horchem says the proposal is “frustrating” and that “education shouldn’t be that costly at a young age.”
But Hamm says there are no other areas to trim the budget. School board members haven’t made a decision yet.
Among the districts already charging for all-day kindergarten are several in the Kansas City area.
Associated Press information from: KSNW-TV.