Lawmaker Proposes Cutting 4-Year-Old Kindergarten


The Madison Metropolitan School District is preparing to start up 4-year-old kindergarten this fall, but a state lawmaker said the program isn’t worth the cost and wants it cut from the state budget.
More than 300 school districts in Wisconsin already offer 4-year-old kindergarten, but Gov. Scott Walker is considering a proposal to do away with the program.
This comes as Madison prepares to enroll any child who turns 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011, and to launch 4K in the fall.
The turnout Wednesday at the last scheduled meeting for Madison’s upcoming 4K program wasn’t just standing-room-only; some parents, such as Emily Lockwood, weren’t even able to step foot inside at the Lussier Community Center because the crowd was so large, WISC-TV reported.
“I’m excited. She loves to learn. She’s really into numbers and letters and writing,” said Lockwood, whose daughter Adele plans to attend the 4K program.

Much more on Madison’s planned 4K program, here.