Georgia neglects our youngest students.
More than 106,000 3- and 4-year-old children receive some form of public sponsored education each school year. But our elected officials don’t consider these children a priority. Instead, they continue to take money away from Georgia’s teachers and schools, which leads to shorter school years and less education.
This is the opposite of what we should provide our children.
It’s proven that teaching pre-school children improves early reading performance for every child and is especially effective for low-income children. These children should be a priority because 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of life.
If we commit to caring for children at this early age, we will see the benefits for a lifetime. Studies show that quality education for very poor 3- and 4-year-olds leads to higher graduation rates; lower instances of welfare, incarceration and substance abuse; and cost savings for government.
Unfortunately, Georgia is heading in the wrong direction. We’re cutting Pre-K funds while Georgia lags the nation in reading achievement and just 65 percent of students graduate high school.
It will take more than shrinking lottery revenue to invest in our children’s future. Our General Assembly should support a guaranteed 180-day school year for our children.
You can take action immediately.
Text “GApreK″ to 30644 from your mobile phone.
Or take an online poll to show your support for Georgia Pre-K. (Take the poll).
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