Saturday, May 23, 2015

Council Wants State To Keep Funding Full-Day Kindergarten

City Council pushed into the school funding fight today, passing a resolution that calls on Gov. Corbett, the State House of Representatives and the State Senate to continue to fund full-day Kindergarten.

Council Wants State To Keep Funding Full-Day Kindergarten

City Council pushed into the school funding fight today, passing a resolution that calls on Gov. Corbett, the State House of Representatives and the State Senate to continue to fund full-day Kindergarten.

Corbett’s proposed budget cuts would eliminate grants that fund after school programs and full-day kindergarten, according to advocates. The resolution was introduced by Council members Jannie Blackwell, Bill Green and Curtis Jones Jr.

“You think we’re in trouble now…it would hurt families everywhere,” Blackwell said. “People won’t be able to work. It affects socialization and education of children.”

Next month Blackwell hopes to have council hearings with the School District to discuss a number of issues, including the district's massive budget deficit, as well as her hope to employ more school counselors, nurses and libraries.

“It’s so important to the lives of children everywhere,” Blackwell said. “All kids deserve an education. It is an important issue.”

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