Schools’ Financial Squeeze Gives Rise to Questions About Future of Early Education in State

On Wednesday, we’ll know if Harrisburg will become the first school district in the state to eliminate kindergarten.

Maybe the novel idea to privately pay for kindergarten through tax credits for businesses will come through, maybe it won’t. Maybe the state will suddenly increase school funding.

Or maybe, as parents have feared all spring, 5-year-olds will spend this fall at home instead of in a classroom.

Looking at the school district — another annual deficit, another year of cutting programs, owing $471 million on past projects — it’s easy to think Harrisburg is the worst example of a broken system.

Perhaps it’s really the start of a trend.

As school boards across the state finalize their budgets, they’re working through a list of programs that, by law, can be eliminated. They’re laying off teachers, closing buildings, limiting transportation and charging kids to play sports.

Kindergarten sits at the bottom of that list, but in many places, the knife is getting awfully close, if it hasn’t broken through already.

Click here to read the full article Jeff Frantz by published in The Patriot News (6.25.12)

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