More funds don’t equal quality

In response to the Tuesday letter, “All kids deserve quality pre-K”: I respectfully disagree with much of what the writer is selling. She tries hard to pass her “information” off as fact, but that’s where it quickly falls apart. She first states that she wonders when society is going to take education seriously. That’s code talk for, “we need more money.”

She then describes Head Start as a “high quality” pre-K program and wonders why there isn’t an equivalent $8 billion per year program for her middle class children. She then ends her letter with more code talk, “If we want children to be successful we must give them the tools they need to accomplish this. We must make education a priority.” AKA, we need more money.

The writer obviously hasn’t read the 2010 report from the Department of Human Health and Services, which basically states that the Head Start program is yielding zero lasting benefits for participating children. Ummm, that’s zero. Another report put it this way, “Head Start has little to no effect on cognitive, socio-emotional, health, and parenting outcomes of children participating in the program.” Unlike others who pass opinion as fact, I invite you to check my statements and look it up for yourself. Eight billion with no results. Yeah, if we just would throw more money at it…

Michael Budagher


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