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All Day Kindergarten?


State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo says all day kindergarten is a great investment in our children.  She recently came to Bend to talk with educators and others about stricter testing standards in the younger grades. She also stopped by our KBND studios and talked about the current legislative session. She believes one of the best ideas so far is a bill that switches Oregon to all day kindergarten starting in 2015. "It really helps children be better prepared for the 1st grade. And as we raise the bar of what we expect from our children in terms of their achievement. We need to start early and we know the payoff for doing that is just enormous."  Those who oppose the bill say that it may be a good idea; but the Oregon School Board Association and Confederation of Oregon School Administrators called it an 'unfunded mandate. Senator Ted Ferrioli of John Day says it’s a feed good bill that lacks substance. It now moves to the House. We'll feature more of Castillo in-depth interview with us next Monday on Take Five.

 

 

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