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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 04/ 4/2010

Obama’s ed reform ignores high-quality Pre-K

By Valerie Strauss

My guest is Marci Young, director of Pre-K Now, a project of the non-profit Pew Center on the States that advances high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten for all 3 year olds and 4 year olds.

By Marci Young
The Obama administration’s “blueprint” to Congress for rewriting the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind aims to encourage proven reform strategies and policy-making based on data and research. The problem is that it ignores the most rigorously evaluated and effective education reform of the last half-century: high-quality pre-kindergarten.

More than 50 years of research shows that high-quality pre-K is a proven strategy to improve children’s cognitive, social and emotional skills; increase their educational attainment; close the achievement gap; and enhance the quality and productivity of the nation’s workforce.

A recent analysis of 123 evaluations published in Columbia University’s Teachers College Record determined that pre-K programs “provide a real and enduring benefit to children,” which persist beyond the early elementary years.

To close achievement gaps and prepare students for success in school and in college, the administration and Congress have a clear option: build funding and other incentives for pre-K into the nation’s major education law.

This would multiply the effects of other education reforms and support states where leaders from both sides of the aisle have grown their state pre-K programs in recent years.

High-quality pre-K is the first step to education reform and an indispensible part of our nation’s education system. Leaving pre-K behind in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as NCLB, would be a missed opportunity to improve our schools and adequately prepare our nation’s children for success in school, work and life.


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By Valerie Strauss  | April 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Early Childhood, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  No Child Left Behind, early childhood, pre-kindergarten  
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He is a progressive in every way, killing jobs is how he earns his union back deal pay, in action he is a socialist even when he is just issuing a simple stay: he says he for the free, but he is bent on a single deed, providing a permitted May Day for us to see.

He oppresses many while calling them every name, then claiming he and his party is the victim to gain more fame, he has a very hypocritical in his blame, knowing every time it's the same, this is his Obama's favorite game.

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Go Obama, lets have Government take away more freedoms, come on man, you can transform us to angry, nanny state.

Posted by: rdurig | April 4, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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