CHEROKEE, KS-- Days after Kansas Governor Sam Brownback gives his State of the State Address, education leaders are wondering what changes the 2014 Legislative Session will bring. In his speech, the governor stated he would like to show more support for education throughout the state, specifically for kindergarten. Many kindergartners in Kansas only receive half the funding a student in first through 12th grades would. And the problem is compounded by the fact many kindergarteners in southeast Kansas attend a full day of class. The lack in funding for kindergarten programs forces school districts to obtain money elsewhere to keep the children in school longer.
"A half day is very fast-paced. There is just go,go,go. In the full day, some of the benefits is if you do have some kids that are struggling, you have more time," says USD 247 kindergarten teacher, Colleen Lacher.
USD 247 has full-day kindergartners. They only receive half the funding that an older child would receive. That school district is forced to receive the rest of their funding from local taxpayers.