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Five ways to improve Obama's pre-k plan

President Obama’s Preschool for All plan is well intentioned but includes features that are not justified by research and won’t help it pass in Congress. The plan must make the following five adjustments.

3. Eliminate school-district monopoly

Under the administration’s plan, school districts will be responsible for offering the pre-K program, either by themselves or in partnership with other providers. These would be the same school districts that in far too many cases are responsible for the terrible public schools that will fail to educate the very children the president’s proposal is intended to benefit.

We shouldn’t make the fox responsible for the henhouse; states should be encouraged to let the money follow the child to any program the state has determined to be of good quality.

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