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Old 08-05-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Would someone explain what this program would do and Head Start does not do. To me, it is a duplication.

Please leave politics aside. I would like an objective response.

 
Old 08-05-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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One's funded by the State, the other is a federal program
 
Old 08-05-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: South Side
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The only issue I would have with the program would be that it seems to be targeted towards children who meet certain financial, language and household guidelines. I was under the impression that was what the current program targets? Does this mean they will expand those guidelines to include more children? Neither of my children met the preK current guidelines at the time I attempted to enroll them and it was very frustrating. I had to send my son to a private preK and my daughter was able to attend preK thru the ECI program.
 
Old 08-05-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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I am a supporter of Mayor Castro and I applaud his efforts to increase Early Childhood education. However, as a teacher I would much rather see money/funds being used to create/maintain quality summer programs for elementary/middle school/high school students. Children living in poverty/near poverty levels with no opportunity for meaningful summer programs are at a clear disadvantage when school starts in a few weeks. I would love to see community programs offered that included academic courses (not just remedial, but critical thinking programs like rocketry, chemistry, robotics, etc.) and physical fitness courses (Lord knows we need this in SA).
 
Old 08-05-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The only issue I would have with the program would be that it seems to be targeted towards children who meet certain financial, language and household guidelines. I was under the impression that was what the current program targets? Does this mean they will expand those guidelines to include more children? Neither of my children met the preK current guidelines at the time I attempted to enroll them and it was very frustrating. I had to send my son to a private preK and my daughter was able to attend preK thru the ECI program.
I think this is what bothers me, too. The program is not to enrich all but a chosen few. If the program is such a jump start, why not for ALL preK?
 
Old 08-05-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It is not the amt of money being spent on education in the state that is the issue, it is the return on investement.

TOO many districts, too much redundency, too much waste.

IF the $$$ spent on education was showing return on investement, TEXAS would be near the top.
 
Old 08-05-2012, 11:51 AM
 
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No more tax money, none, for anything. The government needs to learn to do with what it already has, which is way too much, before it gets more. It is like enabling a drug user. More drugs dont make the problem better, it just kills the user faster.

No more tax money.
 
Old 08-05-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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No more tax money, none, for anything. The government needs to learn to do with what it already has, which is way too much, before it gets more. It is like enabling a drug user. More drugs dont make the problem better, it just kills the user faster.

No more tax money.
I had to rep you for that.

I am a big supporter of Castro but I don't like this plan.

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Old 08-05-2012, 01:01 PM
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I think this is what bothers me, too. The program is not to enrich all but a chosen few. If the program is such a jump start, why not for ALL preK?
It's targeted at the areas of town statistically most likely to benefit from a pre-K program. In the long run, Pre-K has been shown to reduce X, Y and Z and those are the areas of town with the most X, Y and Z.

Addressing the question in the OP about this initiative vs. Head Start: I heard an official at NEISD express some skepticism that this program is for FULL day Pre-K, while the existing Head Start programs in the city fund HALF day Pre-K. Apparently, research has shown that half-day Pre-K provides nearly as much benefit as Full Day, for much less money. Seems to me like half-day Pre-K programs with morning and afternoon sessions could benefit twice as many kids.

Given that disparity between what's being funded and what would be adequate to meet the stated goals, I'm wondering if the hidden agenda is to provide parents of Pre-K kids with free day care. Otherwise, what's the point of the full-day sessions?
 
Old 08-05-2012, 01:06 PM
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No more tax money.
I read on mysa.com that San Antonio has never turned down a sales tax initiative. Sales taxes built the Alamodome. Sales taxes fund the ATD. The marketing on this hasn't even begun and I'm sure there will be a tug at the heartstrings within the campaign.

If the mayor continues to line up support in the business community, which was likely why he gave USAA and Valero a role on the planning committee, IMO this one is likely to pass.
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