Pre-K students to see shorter school days

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -Under Governor Nathan Deal's plan, Pre-Kindergarten students will be spending less time in school. It's a plan that has parents like Jasmine Hayes concerned.

"I think we need to teach them as much as we can and as long as we can," Hayes said.

Hayes' daughter will start Pre-Kindergarten in the fall, and if these proposed changes are approved they will affect her. The governor's plan would cut the Pre-K day from 6 and half hours to two four hour classes a day.

It's expected to save the state money and make room for half of the ten thousand students on waiting lists to get into the pre-k program. Shannon Hopkin, lead teacher for Muscogee County's Pre-K program says it helps hundreds of students get ready for the public school system.

"All the things that we do are to set them up for success to make school a positive experience and to better prepare them for their future." Hopkin said.

Hopkin says that the more time students spend in an educational environment the better.

"If they go home you're not really sure what type of environment they are going to be in," Hopkin said.

It's an environment Jasmine Hayes desperately wants her daughter to be in, preferably for a full and not half day.

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