CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Implementing full-day kindergarten is a priority for Democrats in the Nevada Legislature, but the ambitious proposal comes with an as yet undetermined price tag or funding.

On Monday, the Senate and Assembly education committees hold a joint hearing on SB182, a measure that would require full-day kindergarten statewide. The bill would also lower to 5 from 7 the age at which a child must attend school.

Some early estimates put the cost at around $60 million.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $6.5 billion general fund budget proposal includes $20 million to expand full-day kindergarten to more at-risk schools. But Democrats argue the effort doesn’t go far enough.

Besides the cost, some critics argue school districts lack classrooms and other resources to accommodate an influx of kindergarteners.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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