So, the bill:
HB12-1091 – Gives policy leaders the opportunity to direct taxpayer dollars to proven evidence based preschool
programs and provide 3,000 young children real opportunities to learn and achieve. More than 8,000 at risk children are eligible and waiting for the Colorado Preschool Program.
The problem? Well, I’m learning that this bill was thrown to the Veteran and Military Affairs Committee. Are we sure they’re qualified to discuss this matter? That is, diverting extra funds to support preschool programs.
The proponents argued that the half billion spent on testing had not improved a single outcome. Preschool, an evidenced based intervention, has a proven record of effectiveness in raising student achievement and improving outcomes for children.
Opponents of the bill seem very interested in preserving tests over preschools. You’ve got $500 million being spent on tests in CO that have done nothing to improve educational outcomes. You know, I have to lose five pounds. I could do a few things. One, I could exercise, two I could reduce caloric intake, and three I could buy all sorts of scales to see if my weight is accurately measured. I wonder which of the above interventions would actually work and be worth my time and attention. Any thoughts?