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Witnesses speak out on the importance of full-day kindergarten

May 2, 2011
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Faced with a $51 million cut to kindergarten funding, the Philadelphia School District has proposed eliminating full-day kindergarten. Half-day programs, which ended in the city in 1996, would be disastrous for Philadelphia's children. 

Click below to read an article featuring testimony from Crystal S., Joanna C., and Laticia A.

In March, Governor Corbett proposed drastic cuts to state education funding.  We are just now beginning to see what those cuts would mean for Philadelphia families. Faced with a $51 million cut to kindergarten funding, the Philadelphia School District has proposed eliminating full-day kindergarten starting this fall.  A front-page article in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Crystal S., Joanna C., and Laticia A. on the proposal, which would convert the city's kindergarten program to a half-day only system.

Crystal, Joanna, and Laticia all have children who will enter kindergarten next fall.  As Crystal reminds us in the Inquirer article, "If we don't give kids a chance, there's no hope for a future - theirs or ours."

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