District leaders approve full-day kindergarten in Spokane

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 6:10 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Public School District leaders approved full-day kindergarten during a meeting Wednesday night. Board members unanimously approved the decision.

All-day kindergarten will start in the fall of 2013 at all 34 elementary schools in Spokane. Only 15 schools previously offered full-day kindergarten.

District leaders said the switch requires about $3.9 million which is more than twice the available funding. The Spokane district will have to hire 25 teachers plus additional staff, such as counselors.

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