Hundreds gather to decry education funding cuts
to significantly scale back full-day
kindergarten Allentown School
In the face of a $12.3 million budget gap, the Allentown School District is looking to significantly reduce its full-day kindergarten offerings.
The amount of full-day kindergarten classrooms will be scaled back from 38 to 14, for a savings of about $1 million, according to Karen Boardman, executive director of elementary education.
That means the all-day classes previously available to 800 students will now only be available for 250, Boardman said during a school board education committee meeting Thursday.
School board members and officials alike called full-day kindergarten a great benefit for students that they hate to cut. But, they said, it is not a mandated service and must fall victim to this year’s budgetary cuts.
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