The Gadsden Times Editorial Board
“The program has gotten $19.1 million in state funding in each of the last two years. Business leaders, child advocates and educators want the Legislature to up that by $12.5 million in each of the next 10 years, to make pre-kindergarten available to all 4-year-olds.”
The Tuscaloosa News Editorial Board
“Alabama’s governmental, business and education communities actually are united on an issue. Some might equate that with the moon, planets, stars, asteroids and Klingon warships being aligned, but we’re not going to fuss if it proves beneficial — as the expansion of the state’s pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds certainly will.”
By Rena Havner Philips: AL.com
“Every $1 we spend on pre-kindergarten saves the taxpayers between $2 and $17,” said Bob Powers, president of the Eufaula Agency and a co-chair of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance Statewide Pre-K Task Force.
By Jim Cook: The Dothan Eagle
Allison de la Torre, executive director of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, said that the state-funded pre-k program helps prepare students for kindergarten, and increases the likelihood that they will perform well in school. De la Torre said students who participate in quality pre-k are more likely to be reading by third grade, a key benchmark in student success, and are less likely to have discipline and other problems in school.
By Phillip Rawls: The Associated Press
A coalition of business leaders, children’s advocates, educators and others are working through the Alabama School Readiness Alliance to try to persuade the Legislature to add $12.5 million a year for 10 years to make the program available to all 4-year-olds.
By Tim Lockette: The Anniston Star
The idea behind pre-K is simple. There’s a mound of research to show that when kids have been taught basic academic skills — like the notion that reading goes left to right, or the knack for spotting words that rhyme — before kindergarten, they’ll do better in school. And kids who don’t pick up those skills may struggle to keep up, not just in kindergarten, but for years afterward.
By Julie Rasicot: Education Week
In Alabama, the state Board of Education plans to ask legislators for another $5 million on top of the $19 million spent on public prekindergarten annually. Meanwhile, advocates and business leaders were expected to hold a press conference Wednesday to ask for even more money—$12.5 million annually over the next decade to pay for the expansion of pre-K to all 4-year-olds