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Video: Full-Day Kindergarten Backers Make Their Case

The Board of Education listened to a presentation on the importance of full-day kindergarten during a meeting Thursday.

Listen in as Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook School, makes the case for full-day kindergarten during a presentation in front of the Board of Education at Newtown High School on Thurs., Jan. 19, 2012.

, the net cost of adding the program is $457,000.

homeward bound January 24, 2012 at 03:20 PM
In Texas there is a state law that freezes property taxes for all homeowners when they turn 65. If they move when they are 68, whatever the tax is when they buy the home remains the same while they live there. This allows seniors to predict their expenses when their incomes are often fixed. Texas also doesn't have any state income tax. How do they do it? They welcome businesses with open arms. They are willing to live with big box retailers, malls, and corporate parks and a changing landscape from rural to urban. They also build the infrastructure such as highways and airports to support the growth. Texas isn't perfect, but we in CT have to start looking at alternatives models since the current one isn't working.
Country Mouse January 24, 2012 at 07:46 PM
AGP thank you for your apology. Europe is quite progressive in many ways you are correct, I've been there several times and my father was raised in Italy. However I do believe Jayne is right in that some of those countries have coinciding preschool or primary educational experiences also made available to them by the government. I too do not open arm receive a huge tax hike either. Heck I want to stay in town too! :). As I have said previously I am just as scrutinizing about looking at proposed budget and trimming the fat if need be. Much spending is excessive in all governmental spending.
Country Mouse January 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Homeward bound interesting legislation work looking into to help residents that are senior citizens. Good point
A. G. P. January 25, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I think Newtown did have a senior discount (decades ago) but they had to give it up. There also used to be FDK available which they had to give up. Since things don't change much, my first guess would be that the school budget blew up. As Newtown Mark said, you see these things happen over and over and start to see a pattern: houses bring children, they grow the Ed budget, taxes go up, a soon as the kids graduate the house is sold to someone else who doesn't quite "pay off" their kids education before they leave. (Hope I did better with my language;)
A. G. P. January 25, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I guess I just don't understand. I had things in my childhood which might have effected my schooling but I never thought my HDK was one of them. I felt like my problems came later when I got burned out on school (seemed to me it lasted a good 3 yrs too long).

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