Pre-Kindergarten Effectiveness and the San Antonio Initiative

When considering a public pre-kindergarten program’s effectiveness, one must consider whether such a program is a sound use of public monies. This means taking into ac- count not just the potential early gains for lower income and special needs students, but also the limited academic gains in the long term and potential social detriment to middle class children. In addition to these concerns that are common to all pre-kindergarten programs, the San Antonio initiative raises multiple other concerns about its effectiveness and the wise use of taxpayer dollars. For Texas, where there is already widespread public pre-kindergarten and numerous private pre-kindergarten options available, the research indicates that the San Antonio pre-kindergarten initiative would be a poor investment of taxpayer funds.

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