RICHMOND, Va.: Today, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education killed a bill that would have helped give access to full day kindergarten for more Virginia students. Despite having no state fiscal impact, the bill was tabled on a 4-2 vote.
“Study after study has shown that early childhood education is the key to developing high-achieving, productive, and well-rounded members of society. Investing early in our students saves us money down the road. I’d rather spend money helping children to succeed, instead of helping them catch up later down the road,” said Delegate John J. Bell (D – Loudoun), the patron of the bill. “Making sure every child in Virginia has the opportunity to achieve should be a priority in Virginia; I’m disappointed that the Subcommittee don’t think our five-year-olds are a priority. Thanks to bipartisan support from Delegates Greason and McQuinn, I hope to make more headway on this issue in the future.”
HB 1805 would have required certain school divisions, including Loudoun County, to develop a plan to implement and fund a full day kindergarten program for all public school students.
Video of the testimony and vote can be found on Delegate John Bell’s Facebook page.