All-day kindergarten bill removes mandate

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Updated: 5/20/2013 6:31 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A priority of Democratic lawmakers in Nevada is facing a fiscal reality.

SB182 sought to require all schools to provide full-day kindergarten. But Sen. Debbie Smith of Sparks on Monday offered an amendment that removes the mandate. Instead, it says schools should provide all-day kindergarten as funding allows.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget includes expanding all-day kindergarten to more schools, bringing the total to 200 and adding 275 teachers.

Smith told members of the Senate Finance Committee Monday that while it's the intent to make full-day kindergarten available to all students, it was important to remove the mandate — and the price tag — to keep the policy goal alive.

Meanwhile, the Assembly Ways and Means Committee heard from school officials on costs to reduce class sizes.


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