Document Number: 11227Raising Arizona: Lessons for the Nation from a State's Experience with Full-Day Kindergarten - A cautionary tale about what can happen when the availability of free full-day kindergarten is not a statutory obligation, this brief recounts Arizona's kindergarten history. Though the Common Core includes standards for kindergartener learning, the state still does not mandate a full day. The Arizona report ends with lessons for the country, including the power of budget incentives to drive expansion of full-day kindergarten and its vulnerability to cuts if it isn't buttressed by legislation. (CJ Libassi, New America Education Policy Program, February 2014)...
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