Despite an apparent budget crisis headed its way, the Obama
administration is planning to spend tens of billions more on what
one analyst says is an unnecessary preschool program.
The White House is planning
to provide prekindergarten programs for all three- and
four-year-olds at a cost of $200 billion over the next decade.
Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation says this news comes on
the heels of an evaluation that concludes Head Start is ineffective
"There was no long-term impact [from Head Start] on a child's
cognitive abilities, on their math and reading skills, on their
parents' parenting practices, on their emotional well-being," the
analyst lists. "Yet we're seeing the administration push yet again
for more federal preschools."
She suggests that the approach should be to cut back on the
excessive and wasteful programs that already exist.
"There are already 69 federal preschool and daycare programs,
costing taxpayers $25 billion a year," Burke reports. "If anything,
we should be going in the exact opposite direction and
consolidating programs, eliminating ineffective programs, and
saving some money for taxpayers."
In addition, she asserts that government intrusion will drive
many private providers of preschool programs out of business.
As school reform measures pick up steam, millions of Americans
in all 50 states took part this week in a host of National School
Choice Week events.