A Vermont Senate bill aims to provide universal access to pre-K classes for kids between the ages of 3 and 5.
Rutland County Republican Senator Kevin Mullin is sponsoring Senate Bill 84 in order to provide equal opportunity to all students in the state. The measure proposes funding 35 weeks of education with at least 10 hours per week.
The program would be paid for through the state education fund, but it's unclear at what cost.
Proponents say if effective, it could significantly improve instruction and reduce costs per student in later grades.
"That's the goal-- have kids ready to learn when they get to school so we're not wasting time doing remedial learning and holding everyone else back from getting going on a fast track to good education," Mullin said.
Mullin says he has the backing of the state associations for school boards, teachers and superintendents. He adds that nothing in the bill would force parents to enroll students or areas to open facilities.
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