Date: 
Dec 29, 2015

Several legislators are sponsoring a 2016 bill to provide more state funding for full-day kindergarten.

Right now New Hampshire provides towns with one half of the per pupil funding for each kindergarten student, in accordance with a half-day kindergarten program.  If a town decides to offer full-day kindergarten instead of half-day, the funding does not increase.

Governor Sununu works on the budget proposal
Date: 
Feb 10, 2017

On Thursday, February 9 Gov. Chris Sununu presented his budget proposal to the New Hampshire Legislature. His plan increases spending by about 2% and does not increase any taxes or fees.

Here are some of the spending priorities Sununu identified in his budget address:

New Hampshire House of Representatives budget
Date: 
Apr 07, 2017

On Thursday, April 6 the New Hampshire House of Representatives failed to pass the budget drafted by the House Finance Committee.

kindergarten funding
Date: 
Apr 11, 2017

As part of his budget proposal this year, Gov. Chris Sununu included funding for full-day kindergarten programs.

Date: 
Jan 04, 2017

This year, several legislators are sponsoring a 2017 bill to provide more funding for schools that offer full-day kindergarten. Right now the state funds all kindergarten programs as if they are half-day programs.  The bill, HB 155, would acknowledge full-day kindergarten programs, essentially doubling kindergarten funding for those school districts.

kindergarten and keno
Date: 
May 24, 2017

While there is general political consensus among Democrats and Republicans that full-day kindergarten is a good idea for New Hampshire schools, finding the funding has proved difficult.

One idea proposed this week is to finance full-day kindergarten with proceeds from Keno. That means, however, that Keno would have to be legalized in New Hampshire.

keno
Date: 
Aug 09, 2017

Franklin is the first New Hampshire town to put keno on the ballot for voters this November.  Nashua is also considering a vote on keno.

Under the law signed by Gov. Sununu this July, businesses that serve alcohol may also offer keno games – if their town votes to allow keno.

The state plans on using keno revenue to fund full-day kindergarten programs across the state.

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