After years of cuts, states investing in early education again

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

In a little over a year, many of Minnesota’s youngest students will be spending more time in the classroom.

State lawmakers this spring approved $40 million in funding for all-day kindergarten and more money for pre-kindergarten scholarships for children from low-income families aiming to close the gap in standardized test scores between white students and students of color.

That’s enough money to provide scholarships to about 10,000 children from low-income families in each of the next two years.

But by the fall of 2014, students in all of Minnesota’s 337 school districts will have access to free all-day kindergarten thanks to a $134 million boost in funding approved by state lawmakers.

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