The property tax implications of transferring money out of the education fund generated some criticism. The bill also aims to iron out issues with implementing universal preschool.
A new report finds that expanding and investing in high-quality child care and early education would be an economic boon to the state. For every dollar Vermont spends on such programs, the state could reap $3.08 back, according to a report by the Vermont Business Roundtable’s Research and Education Foundation. The paper lays out what […]
The bill is meant to ensure an accurate headcount of pre-kindergarten students.
Some providers didn’t finish the needed security checks by the start of the school year. The superintendents association says that’s a problem, while the state says affected districts can simply delay the new pre-K program.
The state is above the national median on wages for child care workers and early educators, according to a national review, but the report argues that Vermont hasn’t made enough progress on wages and policies.
The State Board of Education had heard assertions that the pre-K law is exacerbating inequality for low-income families because they aren’t as able to make use of it. But new information suggests it’s too early to tell.
If too much is required of early education providers, they could be driven out of business. But getting the most benefit for children means ensuring public dollars are well spent.
House Speaker Shap Smith and others turned to the board after hearing that the law is entrenching economic inequities, although some educators say there’s no hard evidence. Either way, the board chairman says this would be new territory.
The results showed that public school programs had the most-qualified and best-paid instructors, while child care that is based in family homes had the least-educated and lowest-paid workers.
Universal pre-K and new opportunities for college and work experiences in high school are proving to be accessible primarily to families with the means to take advantage of them, say education leaders. And that unintended consequence needs to be addressed, they say.