LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Educational cuts unfair to young children
I am absolutely disgusted with the State of California’s approach toward education following Governor Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 70 in April. According to your article entitled “State cuts cause preschool and childcare closures” in the midweek edition, May 25-29, 2011, this bill reduces funding for preschool and childcare programs by 15 percent. This measure alone will have a damaging effect on the educational opportunities for pre-elementary-age children, specifically lower-income children. When combined with the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, which will push forward the cut-off date for entering into kindergarten in California over the next few years to Sept. 1, it is an appalling double-whammy that leaves an entire group of children with significantly reduced options. Now, as a result of the combined left punch and right hook by the state, there will be a group of children without access to either quality preschool or kindergarten.
I am particularly incensed by the state’s myopic actions in reducing preschool funding because they directly impact my younger daughter, whose birthday is at the end of November. She will be unable to go to kindergarten (though the “preppy” kindergarten program will be available to her) and funding may be reduced for her preschool. We are fortunate because we have options, but there are other people who do not, and this may force them to make decisions that may negatively impact their children and their children’s education.
South Lake Tahoe