A bill in Albany would allow school districts to mandate kindergarten. The bill is currently on the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Local law enforcement say early exposure to the classroom can lower the chance that a child would end up in the criminal system.
Herkimer Central School District offers kindergarten, but does not mandate it. Although a majority of area guardians enroll the 5 and 6-year-olds in their care, district superintendent Robert Miller says early childhood education is a major benefit in a ‘high needs area.’
Myers also said that a kindergarten class costs around $100,000, which Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol believes is an important investment—all the while advocating for proper state funding to school districts.
Eyewitness News reporter Ben Dennis shares more.