Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Give me your poor, your weary---your toddlers!

Illinois Family Institute

4/4/2006 7:00:00 AM
By Rhonda Robinson


The push for education reform is now targeting children so young they still hug their mother's knee at the sight of a stranger.

The race for the governor's seat is turning into a race for our youngest children under the banner of Universal Preschool. Three other states offer preschool to 4-year-olds, but Governor Rod Blagojevich is not to be outdone. He is proposing every 3-year-old and 4-year-old attend state-funded preschool.

I won't glaze your eyes or numb your mind with the staggering numbers it would take to pull this one off. Leave it to say in three years the expansion would hit the $400 million a year mark. Should I mention that the Chicago Tribune reported that 21 percent of all school districts in Illinois are on the state's financial warning or watch list?

Republicans Ron Gidwitz and Steve Rauschenberger also want to "dramatically transform" the Illinois public school system. Self-dubbed as the "Illinois turn-around team," Gidwitz and Rauschenberger would be better described as the "turn- 'em- out" team, with their newly unveiled P-16 Education Plan, which sets their sights on children too little to tie their own shoes.

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