Tuesday, March 14, 2006
PreK for all
Back to school. I am looking for idea for a proposal paper I have to write. I really wanted to do my paper asking for states to fund "pre K for all" which is a movement that is advocating for just this type of education action. Any way I found info that documents some of the different ways states are funding this initiative. Here in MN we do not have state funded voluntary preschool for all children (ie. free preschool like kindergarten). We have Head Start and various ECFE programs funded through Learning Readiness as well as special education funded programs but not a state funded preK for all children type program, even head start and most ECFE programs have a fee although it is usually based on a sliding scale. In some states however, there are these state funded preK for all programs and some are funded by State Lottery monies, and or "sin" tax monies. In two states the funding for these state funded preK programs are supported entirely by these sort of taxes and there is no money used from the states general fund. They have unbeleivably large amounts of money that they use for thier preK programs. So this got me to thinking... Is this good or bad? There are a few different points of view for this argument. Just curious what other people might think? If you use this kind of funding, are you saying you advocate for people to gamble, drink, or smoke? Or are you just saying people will do it any way so why not get the money and use it for something good? I am not sure, I have not thought about it long enough yet. It sounds like one of those double edge sword things. I do believe that preK should be funded and be offered to all families, but how to pay for it? That is the hard question, especially when education funding is in such dire straits right now... Hmm. Just my little reflection for the day.
Posted by Kelly Kazeck at 4:36 PM