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All-day kindergarten bill runs into trouble on House floor | Politics

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BOISE β€” The House quickly brought up β€” and then abruptly set aside β€” a $46 million all-day kindergarten bill Wednesday.

The House will not vote on the bill until Friday. But the sudden about-face illustrated that one of Gov. Brad Little’s cornerstone K-12 bills has run into trouble on the House floor.

Before putting the vote on hold, the House spent about 20 minutes debating Senate Bill 1373, which would put an additional $46 million into early reading programs. Schools would not be required to use the money to provide all-day kindergarten. However, they could choose to use the money to augment state funding for half-day kindergarten.

SB 1373 sailed through the Senate last week with no real debate, and with only two dissenting votes. But on Wednesday, it quickly became clear that the House is skeptical.

The first warning sign was procedural in nature.

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