https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/Bill/4952/Text

by peter5427

Pre-K is just a thinly veiled excuse for a taxpayer-funded babysitting service. At least when a parent arranges for a private or co-op service, the parent has some control over the appropriateness of the service to the particular child. When the school system runs is, the parent has no say, not about the program and not about the teacher.

At that age, children vary widely in their ability to handle separation anxiety and other real or perceived trauma due to the change from home to school environment. Some take to it like duck to water. Others are obviously severely traumatized, as any parent can tell you having observed children crying and clinging to their mothers.

This  dubious experience MUST be optional, if offered at all, and strictly dependent on the child’s ability to handle it, regardless of a parent’s desire to use the school as a free babysitting service.

by simi4relo

Mandatory pre-K. Nothing more than tax-payer funded baby-sitting. All studies show that the later a child enters a public education system, the better he does.

The excellent critique by the Cato Institute exposes Pre-School education “Head Start” as a failure at huge costs to taxpayers. “Forty-five years and $166 billion later, it has been proven a failure. In fact, not a single one of the 114 tests administered to first graders – of academics, socio-emotional development, health care/health status and parenting practice – showed a reliable, statistically significant effect from participating in Head Start.”

by janine

Vote NO on AB186. Government pre-school programs don’t work and are costly for taxpayers.  Do not lower the mandatory school attendance age from 7 to 5 forcing little children into school before they are ready. Putting children in school later helps them succeed.

The excellent critique by the Cato Institute exposes Pre-School education “Head Start” as a failure at huge costs to taxpayers. “Forty-five years and $166 billion later, it has been proven a failure. In fact, not a single one of the 114 tests administered to first graders – of academics, socio-emotional development, health care/health status and parenting practice – showed a reliable, statistically significant effect from participating in Head Start.” We don’t need more Soviet Style Socialism.

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/head-start-tragic-waste-money

Putting children in school later helps them succeed.
See “Thrive in 2025…Holding Kids back for Success:

“Researchers Kathy Bedard and Elizabeth Dhuey found that grade-schoolers who are among the oldest in their class have a distinct competitive learning edge over the youngest kids in their grade, scoring 4 to 12 percent higher on standardized math and science tests.”
http://www.parents.com/kids/education/kindergarten/kindergarten-age/

by truejoy

I oppose AB186 using taxpayer dollars to pay for a Pre-kindergarten program in every public elementary school- requiring the board of trustees of each school district to establish, equip and maintain a Prekindergarten education program in each elementary school. Why just last week, Washoe County School District reported there is a $30 Million Dollar deficit, and they will need to increase class size and possibly lay off personnel. Our high school kids do not have text books or on-line text books in core subjects, such as Math, Science, etc.  And you want to add an unnecessary program to an already overburdened school system. There is something wrong with the education system in Nevada when large sums of money are spent and Nevada still is rated 48th in the nation. Establishing another education program is unsound when what we have is broken.

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