Salt Lake County mayor, council laud public preschool expansion

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  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    "How's that for democrats working with the public?" Since he is doing what the majority of us hired him to do I would say he is doing just fine "working with the public."

  • Seek to understand Sandy, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    It is good to see Mayor McAdams lead out on this issue and the district working to make a difference in these kids lives.

    The intentions are noble. Now it is important that the people involved ask the hard questions, gather data and determine what works best for these kids. It is very difficult for a government program to accomplish that.

    We have had "free" preschool in this country for several decades with the Headstart program. It has been a colossal failure. The study that was hidden last year, released the Friday before Christmas after years of holding it back, showed without debate that Headstart does NOTHING to improve the academic trajectory of the kids who attend. Billions of dollars have been invested in Headstart. It is sickening that it continues to be funded.

    The questions that must be asked: How will this program be different? How will they use the lessons learned by Headstart to ensure they have a different outcome? How will they gather academic achievement data on these students, in preschool, and throughout their K-12 education to be able to determine the effectiveness of the program?

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    There is nothing wrong with private preschools DN Sub 2, nothing at all. The cost to enroll those kids in private preschools goes beyond the means of many in affording it. This has nothing to do with a liberal fantasy. This is addressing a need and trying to lay a foundation so that maybe, just maybe, those kids don't end up in the correctional system where we spend over $40K a year to feed, clothe, and house just 1 inmate. As a conservative, programs like this one, to me, make sense.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    "Government skools" from cradle to grave, it's the liberal fantasy, and apparently Salt Lake County embraces it.

    Apprarently, they also do not trust families to raise their own children, or they adhere to the welfare plantation mentality that abhors the notion of married, male and female parents bearing children and being responsible for them. After all they are competing with The State which knows best!

    What is wrong with private preschools, and why is it a government responsibility to compete with private enterprise?

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 24, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    In other news. The democrat from Holladay wants to pass a bill to increase taxes on anyone with a child. After all if you just tax people more, then their burden is lifted....

    How's that for democrats working with the public?