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Proposed budget includes funding for full day kindergarten in Minnesota


LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW)—Minnesota lawmakers are working on finalizing the state's budget.

Proposals from the House and Senate both include an increase in funding for education across the state.

The Senate's version provides funding for all day kindergarten statewide.

But that's something the La Crescent-Hokah school district already offers.

Ron Wilke, La Crescent Superintendent said having kindergartners in class all day helps teachers meet the needs of all students, no matter where they're at in learning.

Even though it's something they already do, he said the extra funding would help the district.

"We would have the benefit of the additional revenue that might free up some dollars to use in another area not that we've had to designate to off set the lack of funding from the state," Wilke said.

He said they'll use the additional money to keep class sizes low at primary schools and hopefully offer more elective courses for high school students.

Districts are expecting to know how much funding they'll receive from the state in May.

Then they'll be able to finalize school district budgets and decide where they'll be able increase programming.

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