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State Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) recently introduced Senate Bill 9, legislation that would eliminate the requirement that all Ohio school districts provide allday kindergarten for their students, instead leaving the decision to individual school districts. The all-day kindergarten mandate was originally implemented as a part of the state budget passed in 2009. Although the Senate was successful in delaying the requirement for two years, districts would be required to begin offering all-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year, despite concerns about those districts that lack the space needed or the funds necessary to hire the extra teachers necessary. "Given the uncertainty surrounding the state budget, requiring school districts to offer all-day kindergarten would place additional costs on schools, making compliance extremely difficult for most districts," Manning said. "Senate Bill 9 puts the decision on whether or not to offer all-day kindergarten back where it belongs - at the local level." However, Manning's bill would allow school districts that offer full-day kindergarten to continue to charge tuition to the parents who elect to have their child remain at the school for the second half of the day. SB 9 has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee for further review. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives by State Rep. Randy Gardner (R- Bowling Green).
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The brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces are always deserving of thanks. We owe them gratitude every day, every month, and every year. This Veterans Day, I want to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to veterans in Ohio and across the country.