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REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Schools officials are continuing to plan for all-day kindergarten in the district, beginning next school year.  But, Superintendent Mike McIntosh tells KBND News funding the program could be a challenge.  "The co-chair's budget comes out this week, so I want to glance at that.  The governor's budget was woefully inadequate.  The way I see it, the K-12 budget has to be $7.5 billion in the biennium to afford it.  Either way, Redmond will in fact launch full day kindergarten."  The co-chairs of the Oregon Ways and Means Committee are expected to release their "framkework" for a state budget discussion later today, in Salem.  Governor Kitzhaber has proposed an $18 billion budget, with nearly half going to education.


McIntosh estimates full-day kindergarten in all 7 Redmond elementary schools will cost about $1 million.  He says cuts to help pay for the increase in staffing and curriculum won't be decided into the state budget is finalized. 



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