Obama announces $1 billion investment for early childhood education

In Child Education | on December, 27, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

News from PBS NewsHour:

U.S. President Barack Obama sits with students during a tour of a Pre-K classroom at Powell Elementary School prior to speaking on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget in Washington, D.C. in March 2014. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Declaring early childhood education “one of the best investments we can make,” President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $ 1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners.

Obama said that less than one-third of 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschool and blamed the high cost of these programs for essentially shutting off access to poorer infants, toddlers and preschoolers. He said studies repeatedly show that children who are educated early in life are more likely to finish their educations, avoid the criminal justice system, hold good……………. continues on PBS NewsHour

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News from Longview News-Journal:

In the education debate over private school vouchers, we often hear the statement “let the money follow the child” but we never hear about whose money is following that child. Let’s dig a little deeper and see what we find.

Today, when parents take their child to a private school, they pay the school’s tuition. The parents’ money follows the child. Also, many public schools allow students from other districts to “transfer” and attend their school, so the state’s money (and tests, accountability, transparency, Common Core prohibition, etc.) follows the child based on the state’s funding formulas that are based on attendance. Simple and straightforward.

Under a voucher, or a “taxpayer savings grant” proposal, the money following the child is not quite as simple. Let me explain.

The average cost of educating a child in a Texas public school is $ 8,500 per year, not including local tax dollars for buildings. So the question is, which taxpayers in Texas pay enough local property or state sales tax, or a combination thereof, to fully fund their child’s education without the aid of their fellow……………. continues on Longview News-Journal

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