Gov. Sam Brownback signs the Hard 50 bill into law. (Courtesy: Kansas Governor's Office)
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools to continue to build support for his proposal to expand state funding for all-day kindergarten instruction.
The Republican governor is asking legislators to increase funding for all-day classes, increasing the state support by $16 million a year over five years until it is fully funded.
Brownback on Tuesday is scheduled to visit a classroom in Silver Lake after making a similar trip on Monday to a school in Topeka.
Legislators have been slow to embrace the governor's proposal, raising concerns about the additional expense to the state and whether any academic gains made by attending all-day classes can be sustained.
Brownback has touted the plan as a means for raising reading scores and helping at-risk students succeed.