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Kindergarten cries: Watters needs a time out

June 18. 2017 10:13PM

State Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, is a smart enough fellow, and he always does his homework. But he needs improvement in playing well with the other kids.

Case in point, when Watters couldn’t get his own way on a kindergarten bill last week, he threw a temper tantrum.

At issue is how much additional money the state should send to school districts that provide all-day kindergarten. Gov. Chris Sununu proposed targeting aid to the towns most in need of financial assistance. Watters and his Democratic colleagues want the state to double the $1,800 per student that it currently provides for half-day kindergarten aid for every school district with all-day kindergarten.

The House-Senate conference committee last week settled on a compromise that ties increases in kindergarten aid to the Keno revenues that support the program. School districts would be guaranteed at least $1,100 per student, up to $1,800 if the money is there.

That’s more generous than Sununu’s proposal, since state aid would increase even in the state’s wealthiest communities. But it wasn’t good enough for Watters, who blasted “broken deals” and “broken promises.”

Watters simply refuses to take Yes for an answer. He says he wants state government to increase kindergarten aid, but he seems more interested in partisan attacks. He’d rather walk away from a kindergarten compromise than help a Republican governor.