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One of my first priorities since taking office was to reach out to the local school districts and superintendents and ask how I could be most helpful to them. As a former educator, I understand and appreciate the input of local school districts on state education policy issues. Over and over again, superintendents expressed concern with the all-day kindergarten requirement established in House Bill 1 of the 128th General Assembly and scheduled to take effect in the 2011-2012 school year. This provision was just one of several unfunded mandates included in the Evidence-Based Model, despite concerns that were raised at the time about those districts that lack the space needed or the funds to hire extra kindergarten teachers. Given the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming state budget, requiring school districts to offer all-day kindergarten would place additional costs on schools, making compliance extremely difficult and potentially causing some districts to make drastic cuts in other areas of their budget. These concerns led me to introduce Senate Bill 9, which eliminates the requirement that all Ohio school districts provide all-day kindergarten for their students and puts the decision on whether or not to offer all-day kindergarten back where it belongs - at the local level. The bill also reestablishes the prior formula that provided additional state aid for all-day kindergarten in those districts serving economically disadvantaged students and allows school districts that offer fullday 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. I was honored to have many local superintendents from the 13th Senate District offer testimony in support of Senate Bill 9 - including those from the Avon Lake City School District, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City School District, Amherst Exempted Village School District, and Avon Local School District. Others who provided testimony included the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education and an Avon Lake resident and mother of four young children who appreciates having the option to choose whether her children go to half-day kindergarten or all-day kindergarten. Senate Bill 9 was recently passed by the Ohio Senate and is now under consideration in the Ohio House of Representatives. As hearings on this issue continue, I look forward to working with all parties to ensure that both parents and school districts are able to choose how best to meet the needs of their kindergarten students.
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing
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