Bill to expand all-day kindergarten clears the Senate

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The Senate passed a bill Monday to expand optional all-day kindergarten to disadvantaged students throughout the state. It would provide $7.5 million for all schools that receive federal Title I funds for low-income students.

To appease opponents' concerns, the bill's sponsor, Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, introduced intent language suggested by the conservative Sutherland Institute. The 14-line statement says in three separate places that parents are the best educators. It also emphasizes that the program is optional and targeted toward at-risk kids.

Senators passed the bill 22 to 7.

What's next: Expected to go to a House committee.