Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out

By Christopher Osher


A decade ago, when Colorado officials surveyed school districts about then-Gov. Bill Ritter’s big idea to put full-day kindergarten in every school, support wasn’t unanimous.

School administrators in Telluride, one of the state’s wealthier resort towns, were dismissive of the full-day kindergarten priority from the governor back then, according to the survey conducted by the Colorado Department of Education.

“Universal funding for full-day kindergarten is a solid goal for improving achievement for all students,” the CDE survey shows Telluride officials argued back then. “However, given the realities of the funding constraints facing public education in Colorado, new funds would be better spent on literacy goals for primary grades.”

The early reservations expressed years ago by officials like those in Telluride still reverberate now that a new governor, Jared Polis, has succeeded in making free full-day K the centerpiece of his education agenda.

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