In Other States
Arkansas expands pre-k, increases student achievement
A new report from Arkansas Advocates for Children shows that the expansion of state-funded, high-quality, pre-k in Arkansas yielded significant gains in school readiness and student achievement. State leaders expanded the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) pre-k program to reach 44% of four-year-olds, resulting in the following improvements:Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice is part of a growing group of chief state school officers prioritizing high-quality pre-k as a strategy for reducing the achievement gap. “Confronting the Quiet Crisis,” a new report from the Council of Chief State School Officers, highlights the strides that visionary education leaders in other states have made to advance early learning. The report features successful school readiness initiatives pursued by state education agency leaders in Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Rhode Island. Each state utilizes its own approach, and Alabama will no doubt forge its own path. But, much can be learned from leading pre-k states as we move ahead.
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Georgia pre-k cutting retention rates, study shows
By Nancy Badertscher
Pre-k for Georgia’s children is no educational luxury
What if Georgia’s state lawmakers could create an education program today that would effectively help young children become lifelong learners, cost the state not a single penny of tax revenues, and actually reduced other tax expenditures in the state budget? It isn’t a dream and the program doesn’t need to be created. It already exists: Georgia pre-kindergarten.
Op-Ed: Invest in pre-k for long-term gains
By Stephanie Blank and Mindy Binderman
Georgia legislators face the tough task of steering our state out of fiscal crisis while assuring our future economic competitiveness. A key to this mission is deciding how best to ensure the sustainability and positive results of Georgia pre-k and the HOPE Scholarship.
While pre-k is not in the spotlight as often as HOPE, lawmakers should recognize that early learning is the foundation for a strong, competitive workforce.
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