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Critics hammer all-day K plan

February 10, 2014

WOONSOCKET — As the possible reinstatement of all-day kindergarten headed toward votes by both the School Committee and the state Budget Commission running local fiscal affairs, opponents to move became more vocal Monday — repeatedly describing it as an educational luxury financially overburdened taxpayers simply can’t afford.

The critics of the move speaking out at Monday’s Budget Commission presentation on the plan suggested the related shift of all city fifth-graders to one of the city’s new middle school buildings off Hamlet Avenue could also come with unforeseen costs ranging from transportation to staffing needs. They also voiced concern that the School Department could be filling the middle school buildings beyond their planned capacity as a potential detriment to student achievement.

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Call.

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