The first issue of Pre-K 4 SA from the City of San Antonio came out today. It is basically a big push piece on how great it will and what it hopes to be. Government should not be judged upon its intent but upon its reality. I will not rehash arguments here but I did want to point out a few issues I saw reading through the newsletter.
…students will be educated annually in four education centers and through competitive grants.
Grants given by political entities are inherently political. That means the word competitive here implies competition in the political sense and not the market sense.
Under “Job Opportunities” is listed “Additional Staff”
Are they so eager to spend and hand out money and “create jobs” that they don’t even bother to have a position of need? They just “need” more people as “staff”? Questionable at best.
Seven school districts, which represent 90% of the eligible Pre-K student population, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to engage in the Pre-K 4 SA program. Some school districts that have decided not to participate in the first year of the program are contemplating a partnership with Pre-K 4 SA in subsequent years. The first two education centers will provide Pre-K services to 700 students. Through the Pre-K and school districts’ partner-ship agreement, 630 of the 700 students will come from the seven participating school districts. The remaining 70 will come from a city-wide lottery and consist of families who will pay a tuition based on their family income.
The political punishment/reward system already starting. I thought this was for all of San Antonio? Also, why not make all families pay a tuition based on income?
The Pre-K 4 SA’s Education Centers will utilize research-based early childhood curriculum.
Like the federal and state government have been promising for their education of students? Someone a city government won’t be bogged down in politics and special interests like the rest of politics?
The Pre-K 4 SA grassroots pub-lic awareness campaign begins in April. San Antonio has selected the bilingual public relations firm, aMAEzing, to help educate families regarding Pre-K 4 SA
Grassroots campaigns don’t have public relations firms. They are also proud to announce that they are spending your tax money to “educate” you on this program.
Education is important to me. I think its the core of fixing many problems we have as a society. Its so important that I want to get government out of the education business. There is nothing more dangerous than politicians controlling the developing minds of citizens and making parents dependent upon them for any hope of success for their children.