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Should parents have to pay the difference in cost between half-day and full-day kindergarten?

Response Percent Votes
56% 499
39% 352
Not sure
4% 39
Total 890


chootspa 5 years, 10 months ago

I don't have any kids that will personally benefit from this, but I support it. It's not a freebie. It's a down payment on a future full of tomorrow's citizens. I want them to be competent and well educated when they care for me in my old age.

audvisartist 5 years, 10 months ago

Why shouldn't they have to? It just makes sense that a half-day program would cost less than a full-day program.

chootspa 5 years, 10 months ago

Because the kids who benefit most from it are the ones from families least able to pay.

suesay 5 years, 10 months ago

Does your school system have district provided pre-school? Here in NE, Lincoln Public Schools provides preschool for only low-income families and also children who are developmentally behind for their age. My boyfriend's nephew participates in the program here. His mom drops him off M-F morning, he eats breakfast at the school, has preschool, eats lunch at the school, and finally the bus drops him off at daycare.

chootspa 5 years, 10 months ago

Yes, it's part of the federal Head Start program. I'd support expanding it to even more families. Quality preschools have been shown to boost outcomes for at risk students. It's one of the best returns on the educational dollar.

KS 5 years, 10 months ago

Just another freebie at someone else's expense. Oh well, China can afford it.

FlintHawk 5 years, 10 months ago

Because it's Public Education. Not daycare. Not a private school.

skinny 5 years, 10 months ago

IF that is the case they shouldn't be having kids!! How the heck are they going to pay for their kids college if they can't even pay from going from a hald day to a full day of kindergarten???

concernedeudoravoter 5 years, 10 months ago

I have two answers or responses. First, no - as the state legislature should provide the 'adequate funding' that the state's Constitution requires them to do. Many, many studies have proven that all-day kindergarten is worth the extra cost in given our children the proper start to their education. Second, yes - only if the state doesn't fund it. Unfortunately, this is the case today. Districts across the state have to make this very difficult decision every year. Note to Anthony Brown - Fund the schools.....your children use them too.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 10 months ago

NO!! Education needs change.It has been shown that children learn more in their early years than at any other time in their lives.Investing in early childhood education is a win-win situation for all.

mcallaigh 5 years, 10 months ago

Agreed, people with kids are unproductive and always leaching off productive members of society. Definitely liberals.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 10 months ago

Rock, you are a very sick person. Making such an ignorant blanket statement like this. You are heartless to the point you are willing to watch kids suffer. Are you sure you’re not associated with the Nazi party? I know many people that have Master degree and PHDs and want to work but can’t because there number of real paying jobs are decreasing and they are taking what ever job they can. The jobs are not paying enough.

Remember Rock.. our constitution is WE the people of the United States.. NOT the false version YOU are living under of “I” the people of the United Sates. That’s the problem with the USA, we are greedy selfish, so wrapped up in our own wants that we are willing to have our jobs sent overseas so we can have more for less rather then deal with what he have and save and earn stuff.

People like you are willing to watch other AMERICANS suffer education wise and act high and mighty while you sit in your house watching football games on a 1k plus TV.

Would you go out and work a minimum wage job?? I doubt it with your attitude.. its below you.

OzD 5 years, 9 months ago

They also developed a system of express roads that gave Ike the idea of our interstate highway system. So what.

The German language gave us the word we use for kindergarten. Once again, so what.

5 or 6 years old is a little too young to "go Galt", and kindergarten is a pretty lame topic to go validate Godwin's Law.

pace 5 years, 10 months ago

yes, the idea that public education should be fee based out of existence is too radical. I believe in public education and for you anti education people, they are socking it to the parents plenty.

budwhysir 5 years, 10 months ago

how does ones ability to pay for something extra that may be provided to another student because of income levels fit into the no child left behind ruling??? shouldnt all kids be offered all day kindergarten and half day be eliminated. wouldnt you be leaving some kids behind if you allowed both???

chootspa 5 years, 10 months ago

Kansas also allows the legislators to raise taxes in order to meet their constitutional obligation towards funding public education and caring for the needs of disabled Kansans. Indeed, it's one of their obligations. I'll write a check willingly, but I'm not going to give a voluntary donation to a state bound and determined to force inadequate funding by intentional undertaxation.

chootspa 5 years, 10 months ago

I call BS. I'm willing to bet I pay more than you do in taxes. Cowboy up.

chootspa 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree. I should pay more. But who's the cowgirl? Me or Rockchalk?

Alexander Smith 5 years, 10 months ago

No wait all, GOP people like loony Rock here thinks that money grows on trees and he should not have to pay more taxes.

Anyway, YES we need to pay more taxes and YES we need gun control.

I love how idiots like rock think all our rights ride on the ability to carry a gun. How about we stop blowing untold millions on gun rights and help our kids succeed in life..

Also.. for your info Rock. Chootspa is right.

UNLIKE you, many people are willing to pay more taxes and fees EVEN though it hurts their wallet to ensure their children HAVE a good chance at a future. Its called being a parent. If you have kids..I feel sorry for them on having such selfish and un-carrying father/mother. I bet you blow more money on your personal pleasures then you do on your family..IF you have one..HA!

Jonathan Fox 5 years, 10 months ago


It may be a slippery slope, but the message still rings true.

JayhawksandHerd 5 years, 10 months ago

Don't worry, B. As long as Brownback is in charge, you'll see your wishes granted sooner rather than later.

Mike Edson 5 years, 10 months ago

Yes, parents should pay for the difference. How else will the program be funded? Remember, you get what you pay for.

8ball 5 years, 10 months ago

if you dont want to pay for your own kids,why not just abort them?

chootspa 5 years, 10 months ago

Because Uncle Sam B has determined that everyone should be forced to give birth. And then forced to pay for things they can't afford in order to give tax cuts to the rich. It's God's plan. Something about what we do to the least of us. I can't remember the rest, but maybe it was something about the Kochs?

Richard Heckler 5 years, 10 months ago

All day kindergarten has been around for more than 65 years in the state of Kansas. People do pay for these services. Yes people have been paying for these services for more than half a century. Taxes is how this service has been paid for by golly.

Spend the taxes on children instead of bailing out local investors at $23,000 per acre for 75 acres of unimproved land. Talk about getting duped...

Terry Sexton 5 years, 10 months ago

The_Big_B is full of Big BS. Chootspa got it right. Giant right-winger fail for most of you.

Kat Christian 5 years, 10 months ago

Hello why do we pay TAXES? So GSA and Secret Service can go on luxary trips (among other things) or have I misunderstood all these years that part of our taxes go to fun schooling? I'm confused.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 10 months ago

Another move to help the 1%ers. They can afford to pay but others cannot. So therefore they get a free ride again and further increases the gap between rich and poor because the rich will enjoy the benefits of being better educated.

irvan moore 5 years, 10 months ago

i am not a fan of the school board or administration, hate just about every idea they come up with, feel overtaxed to the max by the school system but believe this is an important step towards evening out the playing field and giving less fortunate children a fighting chance. if the program gets one kid through high school who might not have made it i'm for it

Jean Robart 5 years, 10 months ago

If it is the only way to go, and it looks like LPS are going like that, no, parents should not have to pay more. If all day kindergarten is an option, then they should be expected to pay more. They already pay more than enough in taxes to fund the schools.

adagio 5 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely not. In fact, there should be full-day Junior Kindergarten (for 4 year olds) and Senior Kindergarten (for 5 year olds). Children can only benefit from it.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 10 months ago

Definitely no. PUBLIC education, people. If the school district wants to provide it, they need to be able to pay for it. There are some kids who would greatly benefit from all-day Kindergarten. Others are fine going half-day. Parents should be able to make the choice that is best for their child and their family regardless of money. If I were a parent, I would expect that all-day Kindergarten be more than glorified babysitting. Show me how the curriculum is going to benefit our kids. If USD 497 is going to make parents pay, it needs to be competitive with private schools just like any other service. IMO, that means the public school program should be school funded through the state or taxes if they must. They say the state will give them the money, so I see no reason why we should deny parents what they wants for their kids.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 10 months ago

Then pay more taxes, go out and do fundraisers to help out. Take more active roles with the school.

Its amazing how people make comments like you do but when it comes to showing active support in your community and school... OH NO can't.. or should I say don't want to.

momofk 5 years, 10 months ago

Baldwin has the option of full or half-day. If you choose all-day you have to pay $240/mo.

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