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NH Gov. Sununu Wants to Expand Kindergarten



    NH Gov. Sununu Wants to Expand Kindergarten
    N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu at the State House in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says expanding full-day kindergarten is critical to attracting new businesses and workers to New Hampshire and to giving the state's children a better future. 

    The first-term governor is urging the House Education Committee to pass an $18 million plan over two years to fund more full-day kindergarten programs. He's testifying Tuesday before the committee, a rare move for a governor. The money would be given out in grants and directed to communities with high numbers of low-income students or English language learners. 

    The kindergarten bill offers a rare display of bipartisanship, with Democrats lining up in support of the governor. 

    Senators passed the kindergarten bill, but Sununu faces a tougher audience in the House. Some Republicans have been publicly skeptical of the benefits of full-day kindergarten. 

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