Senate Bill Introductions. Not much to say about the Senate bill introductions other than SF 2 is a bill that would pay for voluntary all-day kindergarten by raising the pupil weighting for kindergartners in an all-day kindergarten program from 0.612 to 1.115. While there will be districts that may not have space for all-day kindergarten and parents who do not choose to have their children attend an all-day kindergarten program, the bill should have strong support. Cost estimates are soft right now, but I will provide them when the become available.
Raising the kindergarten weighting to that of a first grader for students in an all-day kindergarten program is part of the policy addendum to the SEE 2013 platform.
The bill is being carried by freshman legislator Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley). Senator Clausen comes with two very high recommendations: (1) he is an administrator in the SEE member Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District, and (2) he is a graduate of Augsburg College, the same distinguished institution of higher learning that produced yours truly.
Senator Clausen web page: http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_bio.php?mem_id=1211
SF 2 Text: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=S0002.0.html&session=ls88