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Fri September 16, 2005
Judge Won't Hear Preschool Argument
Laramie, Wy – A coalition of school districts and others
who sued the state over education funding will NOT be allowed to argue at trial that preschool programs should be paid for by the state.
The matter was in Laramie County District Court on Thursday in front of Judge Nicholas Kalokathis.
Some school districts, including Casper and Cheyenne, offer preschool programs. The plaintiffs argue those have become standard components of the educational system.
But Kalokathis said the lawsuit revolved around the state constitution's requirement of a free education, and the constitution clearly states that education should go to students
ages six to 21.
The judge says either the state or local school districts are welcome to devise their own preschool programs. But the constitution does NOT require the state to pay for them.