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All-day kindergarten shelved

COEUR d'ALENE - All-day kindergarten won't be an option in the Coeur d'Alene School District any time soon.

Trustees, citing concerns about creating inequity in public education, decided Monday against moving forward with a proposal to provide a second half-day of kindergarten for children whose parents are willing to pay for it.

“I don't want to go all Steve Adams on you, but if we review our Constitution, it (public education) has to be uniform and free,” said Trustee Brent Regan. “How do we provide additional education to children whose parents happen to be able to pay for it? How do we go down that slippery slope? I don't even know if it's legal.” Full story, Maureen Dolan, Cda Press

Love Regan's quote! We seriously considered all-day kindergarten for our youngest but decided against it. Best decision ever. Those afternoon hours with just Sam and I are precious to me now that he's in middle school. Glad I had the extra time with him.

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