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CLOQUET - The Minnesota Legislature is on the verge of turning a massive education bill into law.
Both the state House and Senate have approved different versions of the bill, but both would fund all–day kindergarten.
In Cloquet, keeping up with kindergarten curriculum is a full–time job.
"Language arts, we have our science standards, we have our math standards, we have social studies standards plus other health units we do," Cloquet Kindergarten teacher Theresa Parenteau said.
Parenteau knows fitting all those lessons in a half day and meeting state requirements was not easy.
"It was virtually impossible to get all those standards in," Parenteau said.
Minnesota legislators are on the verge of passing an education bill that would provide funding for districts to offer all day, every day kindergarten.
The Cloquet School District has already been doing that for two years and teachers are thankful for it.
"The little ones that struggle with some of the activities or academics we have a little extra," Parenteau said. "You really get to know each individual because you're spending the whole day with them."
The Cloquet School District spends about $400,000 a year to make that all day Kindergarten possible.
However, if the education bill passes through the state legislature, the Cloquet's superintendent says it would be a huge help to the district.
"A lot of school districts right now in Minnesota are struggling to keep the programs that they have," Cloquet School District Superintendent Ken Scarbrough said. "If we get the funding for all day every day kindergarten, there's going to be less pressure to cut programs."
Scarbrough believes the budget boost would benefit all students and help keep the program for the youngest students strong.
"Kids at this age are at a very rapid state of development," Scarbrough said. "We feel that the more time we're able to spend with them, the better off they're going to be academically and socially."
"If we can help those little ones that first year, the payoff could be the rest of their education," Parenteau said.
The state House and Senate have yet to come up with a final education bill for Governor Mark Dayton to approve.
So far, the drafts also support expanded pre–school, special education funding and more financial aid for college students.