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STATEMENT: Rep. Sauke calls for extension of pre-K funding

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Rep. Sauke calls for extension of pre-K funding

St. Paul, Minn. – Today, Gov. Dayton urged the Minnesota Legislature to protect pre-Kindergarten programs from being eliminated for 4,000 students across the state. Without any action, ISD 535 would lose more than $650,000 in state funding, stopping 120 local 4-year-olds from enrolling in pre-Kindergarten programs in the fall of 2019 unless the school district raised additional funds. Rep. Duane Sauke, DFL-Rochester, released the following statement:

β€œThe Rochester Public School District has been one of many in the state to benefit from receiving pre-K funding. Unfortunately, it was one-time funding and will expire next year, meaning many of our youngest learners will lose the opportunity to benefit from these valuable programs.

We must continue to explore new and creative avenues to set our children up for success in the years ahead, and extending the funding for pre-K is an important piece of that puzzle.”

Rep. Sauke can be reached by email at rep.duane.sauke@house.mn or by phone at 651-296-9249.

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