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Deerwood Principal Testifies at Senate Hearing in Support of All-Day Kindergarten

Deerwood Elementary School Principal Miles Haugen told members of the Minnesota Senate the implementation of full-day kindergarten is a "necessity".

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Deerwood Elementary School Principal Miles Haugen is deeply concerned by the achievement gap he sees between half-day kindergarten students and their counterparts enrolled in a fee-based, full-day program.

On Thursday, Haugen joined School District 196 Director of Elementary Education Julie Olson and other school officials to advocate for a bill that would provide state funding for the implementation of voluntary, full-day kindergarten in schools across Minnesota.

The bill, introduced Thursday, was authored by Senate District 57 Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL), who represents Apple Valley and Rosemount. Click here to read the full text of the bill.

Haugen, Olson and others testified in front of the Senate E-12 Education Finance Division.

Click here for the full video from the Senate hearing. Haugen's testimony begins just after the 49-minute mark.

“I firmly believe that the voluntary, full-day kindergarten is a necessity if we want to give all our students an equal opportunity in their critical early years of learning," Haugen said.

Do you believe the state should fund voluntary, full-day kindergarten programs? Give us your opinion in the comment section below.

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