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More than 60 percent of CO voters support new full-day kindergarten bill, poll says

Posted at 8:26 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 22:36:53-04

DENVER – One day after Gov. Jared Polis signed state-funded full-day kindergarten into law, a new poll shows that a majority of Colorado voters support the policy.

Magellan Strategies on Wednesday released poll findings on a number of Colorado education issues, including full-day kindergarten, which 61% of polled voters support, regardless of the cost to taxpayers.

More than a third (36%) of polled voters said they strongly support state-funded full-day Kindergarten.

The law, which Polis signed into law on Tuesday, will go into effect this upcoming school year.

Existing law only provides state funding for half-day kindergarten. Many school districts in Colorado offer full-day kindergarten but charge parents a fee.

The Magellan poll surveyed 731 registered voters in Colorado, and interviews were conducted online April 22 through May 1 and over the phone on May 8 and May 9.

Here were some other highlights of the poll:

• 58% of voters have a favorable opinion of Colorado public schools. Some of the reasons given for unfavorable opinions included lack of classroom funding, a negative learning environment for students and a perceived political agenda in schools.

• 67% of voters agree that school districts spend too much time preparing for and taking standardized tests.

• 75% of voters believe public school teachers are underpaid.