Friday, June 02, 2006

Preschool for All

My post on Wednesday discussed my annoyance with the negative campaigning in the Democratic primary for California governor (recent polls show I'm not alone in that). There is, however, something on next Tuesday's ballot that I do feel positive about, and that is proposition 82, the Preschool for All initiative.

A RAND Corporation study just issued demonstrates that investing public money to make preschool available to every 4-year-old in California would generate an estimated $2 to $4 in benefits for every dollar spent.

These public payback from investing in preschool continues long after the money is spent through a drop in the amount of special education services needed, fewer students repeating grades, less youth crime now and adult crime later, and a more productive workforce for decades to come.

Proposition 82 is not about state-sponsored babysitting. It's about giving California's most vulnerable population a chance at a better future, for themselves and for the entire community.

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