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Education Increase Fails To Assist Area Schools

April 2, 2014

A $1.1 billion increase in education funding for New York state will do little to benefit the operation of area school district....

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Apr-02-14 2:05 PM

I agree with carlaw on this one. Kindergarten is supposed to help kids get ready for 1st grade. Pre-k seems to be pushed by those who want tax funded daycare. Daycare expenses are even listed on tax forms! My sis has a hard time with her boy too but she started a group with other parents who take turns teaching. Time at home learning is precious, but hard to do. I had a hard time too, but I stuck with it and I'm more prepared to teach the 2nd and 3rd kid too. I did not allow my oldest to attend pre-k, nor will I with my other ones.

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Apr-02-14 11:45 AM

Pre-K is needed. The program introduces the children to the school setting, while also teaching the basics like the alphabet, numbers, word sounds. Going to school for half a day prepares them for being there all day when they reach Kindergarten. I am a very involved parent, and as much as I try, my kids would not sit with me while I tried to teach them the basics. As with most children they will sit more willingly with a teacher then they will with their own parents, because with mom and dad they can get away with running around and playing. I support Pre-k 110%.

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Apr-02-14 5:32 AM

Universal Pre-K is fluff and a waste of money in hard economic times. It is very expensive daycare and will not make a difference in the academic lives of children who are not ready which is probably a large percentage of them. They would benefit more from time spent home with a stable family and parental attention. The outcome of improving and funding Technology will probably have a more beneficial outcome for our children but Universal PreK is a waste of precious funds. GAP elimination will only be achieved with Cuomo elimination in November.

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