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Brownback’s proposal to fund full-day kindergarten is dealt a setback by his fellow Republicans

February 13, 2014

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— Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to phase in funding for full-day kindergarten was dealt a setback Thursday from his fellow Republicans.

The House Education Budget Committee voted to remove the funding for the proposal from the public school budget.

Republicans on the committee voted to remove the funding, while Democrats wanted to keep it.

State Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, made the motion to remove the funding.

Asked why by state Rep. Jerry Henry, D-Atchison, Huebert said he made the motion after discussions with House GOP leaders.

"I'm not making any final determination with this money," Huebert said. "I feel like its best to pull the money back."

State Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, said removing the funding now was premature since a House committee studying Brownback's proposal just held its first meeting Thursday.

Brownback has proposed adding $16 million each year for five years to cover the cost of all-day kindergarten. Currently the state provides funding for half-day kindergarten, with the remaining portion funded through other sources.

The committee's recommendation will be forwarded to the full House Appropriations Committee.

Comments

Bob Forer 10 months, 1 week ago

No suprises here, even for Brownie himself. He floated the full-time kindergarten balloon knowing that it would be shot down. It was, purely and simply, politicial posturing. Brownback knew it wouldn't fly, but instead presented an opportunity upon which he could hang his "pro-education" hat come election time.

The guy is an unmitigated weasel.

James Howlette 10 months, 1 week ago

Exactly my thoughts. Total posturing. He campaigned for those bozos. He could make them fund it if he desired it.

Phillip Chappuie 10 months, 1 week ago

Agreed. At this point, if it was Brownie's idea I would be skeptical. He is shown a proclivity for cherry picking points he knows won't meet muster. But he gives the inference of caring about the issue and he wants to be a hero of the people but..somebody (insert scapegoat here) won't let him. Those boys are all in cahoots, he knew a long time ago the funding wouldn't float. Liar, liar, pants on fire.

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