Kindergarten for Full Day May Expand as an Option

Kindergarten for Full Day May Expand as an Option

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- The idea of full-day kindergarten is being considered by the State Board of Education.

Today, the board is expected to discuss whether to examine full-day kindergarten as an optional program. The program would target students at risk for academic failure due to language barriers, disability or poverty.

Yesterday in a meeting, board members discussed and listened to the pros and cons of full-day kindergarten from both parents and school districts.

Last month, the board discussed a resolution calling for a study of the practice in Utah, plus costs and priorities to phase in the concept.

Currently, 15 Utah school districts offer full-day kindergarten programs. Nationally, ten states mandate it. And the State Office of Education reports 60 percent of American kindergartners attend school all day.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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