The Existing System is Failing Them … Should We Add More?

The public K-12 system works reasonably well for some children, though not for others.

And the way to respond to that problem is . . . to extend the system to even younger ages?

That’s what the group Kansas Action for Children is advocating.

After noting that 57 Kansas City area schools did not make their proficiency targets under No Child Left Behind, the number of schools in Kansas that failed to make these targets has actually increased, and one in three children in the fourth grade were “below basic” in reading, Shannon Cotsoradis calls for even more schooling.

Whether or not she wants the local school districts that have failed these children to take over the days of three year olds, she doesn’t say. But there will be more tax money involved, if the group has its way.

She writes that her group “filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Kansas Supreme Court a few years ago. In it, we contended ‘that adequate funding and support for early education programs throughout the state, especially high quality pre-kindergarten … should be considered.'”

With the Montoy controversy resolved (for now), and Governor Sebelius returned to office in a convincing factor (Sebelius is an advocate of pre-K education), expect to see this issue make its way to the legislature next year.

Source: Children need to start learning earlier in life, Kansas City Star, December 4, 2006

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