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COVENTRY â€” Full-day kindergarten may be a possibility in Coventry as Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation earlier this week allowing state aid to be provided to those Rhode Island cities and towns that have not implemented the day-long program starting in 2017.
The communities that are transiting to full-day kindergarten will be able to get fully funded by the state under this legislation. The new law is aimed to help early education for children because without it they will begin to develop behavior issues, according to co-sponsor of the bill District 27 (Cranston, West Warwick) Senator Hanna Gallo, who has been working on this legislation for an estimated five years.
â€śWith Common Core standards being implemented, what students need to know cannot be accomplished in two-and-a-half hours,â€ť Gallo said. â€śChildren need to be able to read and write by the third grade and if they donâ€™t get learn those skills, we will end up paying for them in special education.â€ť
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