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