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Old 04-08-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I tried to get my 4 yr old into the Pre-K program with in the FWISD school district, this is a joke, you have to make a certain amount per year for your child to qualify, we made too much my 500.00, so now my 4 yr old is screwed out of being able to go to pre-k. I used to live in Iowa where there were no income guidelines for this. It pisses me off to no end that people that make less than other people can give their kids the chance for that early education. Now I understand this program was to help parents with low income, that is understandable, but I am in no way rich...This situation just makes me think less of the FWISD. Can someone that works there or has second hand knowlage of this please explain why.

If anyone knows of other prek programs that don't cost a fortune that I could get my kiddo into it would be great...He needs exposure to other kids his age he would do soo well.

The picture attached is my 4 yr old Skyler in the stripped shirt his brother Corbin is sitting next to him!
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:43 AM
 
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You'd do better off continuing your child's Pre-k education yourself. You've been doing it for four years, why stop now?
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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Smile Re: FWISD another thing that nips me in the butt....

Hi there,

In your post you didn't say where you lived. If you can give me that information then I might be able to help you a little better.
I live in the TCU/Mistletoe Heights area but grew up in Ft. Worth.
Also, my 6 yr. old has been in the FWISD since she was 3, so I might be able to help you a little bit there.
As for why things are the way they are in Texas Lord only knows!
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Down the road a bit
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I firmly believe that young kids need to be home with Mom or Dad, or a relative. They need time to pick their nose and daydream. Playtime with neighborhood friends, or family social activities are plenty, IMHO. Believe me, there will be a day when you are so glad that your stretch of time with public school is nearing the end!
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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You'd do better off continuing your child's Pre-k education yourself. You've been doing it for four years, why stop now?
EXACTLY!!!! I have 4 children and none of them went to pre-school. They all do very well in school are well adjusted and frankly behave much better than their peers.

Pre-school is over-rated and our society puts too much pressure on parents to force children in these social situations when they are not ready/ Children benefit more from being at home with a parent learning and discovering.

Regarding FWISD, they aren't the only school district who has these financial guidelines. I do understand your frustation. However, think of other alternatives.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:49 AM
 
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I think the place to take your anger is to the FTW ISD--their policy to make this needs based is because their budget is strained to the max and they cannot afford to have full time kindergarten for everyone in FTW ISD boundaries...do you want to have your taxes raised so that EVERYONE with a child in that age group gets full-time K???
do you want to see general classes crowded or other services curtailed--
did you vote in last school board election?

and could you choose your language a little more carefully..it's not profanity but "hotter" than the general level of posting...I am not a prude but this board is generally fairly moderate in language and I like that aspect...
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I think the place to take your anger is to the FTW ISD--their policy to make this needs based is because their budget is strained to the max and they cannot afford to have full time kindergarten for everyone in FTW ISD boundaries...do you want to have your taxes raised so that EVERYONE with a child in that age group gets full-time K???
do you want to see general classes crowded or other services curtailed--
did you vote in last school board election?

and could you choose your language a little more carefully..it's not profanity but "hotter" than the general level of posting...I am not a prude but this board is generally fairly moderate in language and I like that aspect...
I dont' mean to be blunt, but did you see the fact that I have a two yr old and a 4 yr old not in school , how could i have voted. And pardon me for not knowing about the dynamics of the FWISD, I come from a very small town in the midwest and their education policies are very different from a big city, so please don't assume that I know what the what is in a city that is 3x the size of my home town...its pretty sad to hear that some people dont' think that ALL kids should be able to attend kindergarden, it would be sad to have to go outside of the FWISD. I'm gonna end this here I don't like arguing about this, as I was just stating my opnion and frustrations about the situation, I didn't need to be critizied for it...
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:01 PM
 
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I'm confused. Your first post says Pre-K, which is geared for kids at risk in most schools in Texas and not a universal Pre-k. The other options for 4 yr olds who are not at risk are varied, including but not limited to, being homeschooled with parents, going to private preschool(Sept-May) or within a child care center setting.

However, your most recent post says Kindergarten, which is offered to all kids, yet still not required in Texas.

If your child won't be Kindergarten age for the fall and isn't an at risk child, then there really isn't a great need for him to attend a public Pre-K. Unless English is not his first language or your family can't provide anything other than basics due to financial constraints, then Pre-K won't be a good fit for him. It truly is for the economically disadvantaged (no books in the home, no transportation to go to the park, nothing to create with etc) or those who don't speak English. It's a leg up for those who truly need it.

Oh, and anyone can vote for the School Boards...you don't have to have kids in school to do so. Just an FYI for the future.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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anyone can vote who lives in the FTW ISD school zone AND is registered to vote---you don't have to be a parent, have kids in school, or even have an education--you just have to be 18 and register soon enough before the election...
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Texas
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anyone can vote who lives in the FTW ISD school zone AND is registered to vote---you don't have to be a parent, have kids in school, or even have an education--you just have to be 18 and register soon enough before the election...
I believe that's how our president won in Nov.
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