To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: H.B. 96 Utah School Readiness Initiative
Date: Thu Feb 06 02:03:26 MST 2014
Dear House Education Committee Members,
Studies show that even well-intentioned funding of preschool leads to little short term and no long term academic benefit.All of this has been tried before, for fifty years. Once you get a program entrenched, that program is here to stay:
Head Start, the most sacrosanct federal education program, doesn’t work.
That’s the finding of a sophisticated study just released by President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services.
Created in 1965, the comprehensive preschool program for 3- and 4-year olds and their parents is meant to narrow the education gap between low-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers. Forty-five years and $166 billion later, it has been proven a failure.
“Instead of throwing more dollars at this proven failure, Utah might consider throwing our weight behind proven successes.”
The bad news came in the study released this month: It found that, by the end of the first grade, children who attended Head Start are essentially indistinguishable from a control group of students who didn’t.
The Obama administration has proposed new investments that will establish a continuum of high-quality early learning for children beginning at birth and continuing to age five. The President's proposal includes:
- Strengthening the quality of child care through Early Head Start-child care partnerships;
- Expanding evidence-based home visiting to support our country's most vulnerable families; and
- Developing a new partnership with states to provide voluntary, high-quality, full-day preschool for all 4-year-olds from families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
Here is the link http://www.ed.gov/early-learning
This bill creates public/private partnerships picking winners and losers. It creates a gray line where tax dollars are concerned. Instead of funding public concerns, we often end up funding business concerns.
Please Vote No!
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