Gov. Katie Hobbs says she’s cancelling a $50 million contract that would have paid for students to attend all-day kindergarten at non-public schools using Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or school vouchers.
Research teaches us that students who receive high-quality, full-day kindergarten are abounding with successful outcomes.
Above all, universal full-day kindergarten would allow educators to make the most of an important fact: With whom a child learns is as important as from whom she learns and where she learns.
Achieving excellence in education is possible, and essential. There are schools in Arizona, both charter and district, that are closing the achievement gap for students. We must invest in these proof points and this budget is the first step.
A coalition of educators, business figures, politicians and others advocating for full-day kindergarten in Arizona could see their vision take a step toward reality in 2017.
The drumbeat of support to fund full-day kindergarten is growing louder as lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey prepare for the 2017 legislative session.
If two state lawmakers get their way, every school district and charter school will offer all-day kindergarten by tapping into some of the hundreds of millions of dollars a judge has said they are owed because state lawmakers failed to increase funding under a voter-approved law.