• Of those with a pre-K education, about 41 percent will never accept welfare, compared to about 20 percent of those without pre-K.
• Of those with a pre-K education, about 15 percent will need special education, compared to about 34 percent of those without pre-K.
So, is lowering the starting age for students the answer to all our education woes? We don’t know. We think there’s great merit in the idea, and we know it’s a question worth exploring.
We don’t claim to know to have all the right answers when it comes to educating our children or how to pay the bills for it. But, for goodness sake, let’s all come to the table and talk about it like grown-ups. We want to see legislators lay the political battles aside and have the “good, old-fashioned legislative debate” Lanane is calling for.
Some things are more important than which side of the aisle you sit on. Educating our state’s children is one of them.
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