Saturday, January 14, 2006

Universal Preschool Makes CA Ballot

I have a sinking feeling that there are enough people in the state who will look at this measure as "free" daycare that it will pass...with ultimately negative ramifications for children, education, and the state's economy.

There are many open questions, such as whether the courts would allow state funding for church-based preschools...whether private preschool teachers will be required to have state credentialing...whether the state will determine what must be taught in preschool programs...whether the influx of state money will cause private preschools to raise rates and be unaffordable for anyone who wishes to remain outside the state program...whether anyone will be able to attend preschool outside the state program, period...whether "universal" "free" preschool would be a first step toward mandatory preschool in California.

One thing's for certain, I don't think it's going to be as simple and wonderful as Rob Reiner would have us believe.


Blogger UGN said...

I don't see how this doesn't pass. The teacher's unions will be plugging it (more union members!) and people are so dumb that they will fall for it. I am confident that it will have no positive effect on the quality of education.

7:39 PM  

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