Do you think it is fair..................?

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Do you think it is fair to base parts of the educational system on income levels? For example, the pre-K program in my town is only based on income. If you are below the poverty level or just slightly above it then your child can go to school. If you are not, too bad.



I know there are pre-k's that are on an income based level but NOT in the publilc school. This pre-k is in the publilc school the same as the rest of the elementary kids and DO all of the activities and field trips that kindergarteners do and so on. They can particiapte in all the fundraisers and school plays, etc...



How do we put something in the public school system that is not available to all children? How do we say that one child's education is more or less important tha anothers due to their PARENTS income?? How is that fair to the children??



Just a friendly thought!!!

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Emily - posted on 03/19/2009

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Yep! I love my daycare too. It is the most expensive in town at $155/week for a 2-4 year old but the peace of mind is so worth it. I am far from rich- I am a social worker (not in private practice) and my husband is a forester who just had to take a 20 percent pay cut but how could we possibly afford to have her in a place where we aren't 100 percent comfortable?

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Yeah I have my little ones going elsewhere but I just thought it was odd at the time. They said is was mainly for low-income to zero-income families so that they had the proper amount of time to find jobs and such. I kept thiking what about the families that already work and would like a condtructive place for their children to be in the daytime? Their answer to me was if u can afford daycare than out them there. My only objection to that is that there are people out there that make good money but cannot afford daycare still. Hmmmmm.......



Anyways, mine love the daycare they go to and its a good price to pay but it is well worth it as they are happy where they are and are progressing well for their ages so I guess that is the best thing right?

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Do you think it is fair..................?

Do you think it is fair to base parts of the educational system on income levels? For example, the pre-K program in my town is only based on income. If you are below the poverty level or just slightly above it then your child can go to school. If you are not, too bad.

I know there are pre-k's that are on an income based level but NOT in the publilc school. This pre-k is in the publilc school the same as the rest of the elementary kids and DO all of the activities and field trips that kindergarteners do and so on. They can particiapte in all the fundraisers and school plays, etc...

How do we put something in the public school system that is not available to all children? How do we say that one child's education is more or less important tha anothers due to their PARENTS income?? How is that fair to the children??

Just a friendly thought!!!



 



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Emily - posted on 03/19/2009

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Is it funded by another part of the government though? The PreK program here is. The school system is not required to provide PreK, but another agency has contributed the funds to open one. That agency (Title something I forget) funds the program and does have its own restrictions on who is eligible to participate.  It is in the public schools but for children at risk of falling behind in shcool. One of these qualifications could be low income. I was told my child would probably qualify when she is four because of her speech delay. My oldest did not qualify but I could afford to send her to a private preschool and I did.

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