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house Bill H.R. 2411

Increased Access to Kindergarten for Disenfranchised Youth

Argument in favor

Kindergarten is vital to a child’s success, and should be available to all children. Decreasing the number of low-income children currently placed on waitlists for programs could potentially decrease poverty.

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01/23/2016
Really, what kind of asshole must you be to be against this?
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SamJenkins's Opinion
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07/21/2015
Education and the love of learning must begin at an early age. Young children have a great capacity to learn and develop a foundation that will last a life time.
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Thomas's Opinion
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10/12/2015
I don't know why I bother. My Rep is a stupid tea bagger who has never had an original though. He votes as a tea bagger block. He is worthless in representing Florida. Now maybe this tea bagger will respond to my comments.
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Argument opposed

Some concern that the federal initiative is duplicative of existing programs. Fully-funded, the bill would still leave 60 percent of low-income children under age 5 without access to any public programs.

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08/01/2016
The federal government has no business meddling in our children's education, regardless of assumed good intentions. Public education should be managed locally, where fewer layers of bureaucracy = fewer $ wasted.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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04/17/2016
Take education out of federal hands and give it back to the people.
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Alex's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Isn't there already K-12 programs? States should handle education.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2411?

This bill would create a 10-year federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children up to age five. It would provide full-day kindergarten for four-year old children from families that were 200% below the poverty line. The federal government would provide money to states that would in turn distribute that money to local entities that could provide kindergarten services. 

The bill also includes $100 million reserved to support child care training, licensure, and professional development, including support for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. The bill was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) in Senate and Representative George Miller (D-CA), and Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY) in the House.

Impact

Children who are 200% below the poverty line and their families; Kindergartens.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2411

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth: Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who introduced identical legislation to this bill in the Senate, explained in a press release that: 

“Quality preschool programs benefit students and the nation as a whole. By expanding access to early childhood education, we can prepare more students for a lifetime of learning, ensure that children enter the classroom ready to learn and reduce the achievement gap.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) spoke out against the bill, stating in a speech that: 

“Unfortunately, the bill that Senate Democrats are proposing today has a familiar ring to it. It would, in effect, create a national school board for 3- and 4-year-olds. It would spend $27 billion in new funding over 5 years with Washington making the decisions about how States should run their preschool programs.”

Of Note: The bill has a companion bill that was introduced to the Senate at the same time as this one. Neither bill has reached the floor for a vote, over a year after their original introduction.

Access to Kindergarten may not be the root cause of the achievement gap between high and low income children. A research paper from the Brookings Institute suggests that only 48% of poor children are ready to attend Kindergarten when they’re age 5, compared to 75% of middle and high income families. The paper suggests that this is because many poor children don’t attend pre-K, making them underprepared for Kindergarten.

Media:

AKA

Strong Start for America's Children Act of 2015

Official Title

To support early learning.

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  • Not enacted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
    IntroducedMay 19th, 2015
    Really, what kind of asshole must you be to be against this?
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    The federal government has no business meddling in our children's education, regardless of assumed good intentions. Public education should be managed locally, where fewer layers of bureaucracy = fewer $ wasted.
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    Take education out of federal hands and give it back to the people.
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    Isn't there already K-12 programs? States should handle education.
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    Education is not the responsibility of the federal government. The 10th amendment of the Constitution gives all powers not specifically given to the federal government to the states, and therefore the people. A federal department of education is redundant and unnecessary since all 50 states have their own DOE.
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    I do not want any more Cuban style indoctrination paid for by the agenda driven socialist monolith of Federal Mandate and reject this on that basis.
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    It's not the governments job to babysit.
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    This may be well intentioned, but is actually just one more incursion by the feds into a state responsibility.
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    This is obviously about trying to take responsibility for kids from their families at earlier and earlier ages and putting them in the hands of the all-knowing government. NO!! Keep your hands off our kids!
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    Education and the love of learning must begin at an early age. Young children have a great capacity to learn and develop a foundation that will last a life time.
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    Stay out of our schools. Leave decisions up to State and local government.
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    If the FedGov is providing $, then we can be sure there will be "one size fits all" regulations, strings and hoops. Plus gross inefficiencies. No thanks. This is an issue for the states.
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    Education is a state and local issue not a federal issue
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    The federal government has no damn business in education! Get the hell out of it!!
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    I agree with Sen. Alexander! Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) spoke out against the bill, stating in a speech that: “Unfortunately, the bill that Senate Democrats are proposing today has a familiar ring to it. It would, in effect, create a national school board for 3- and 4-year-olds. It would spend $27 billion in new funding over 5 years with Washington making the decisions about how States should run their preschool programs.” https://votesmart.org/public-statement/879219/strong-start-for-americas-children-act#.V2Q7feYrKRt
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    We need to focus the bulk of our pre-school education spending for the poorest families on pre-K. The idea of funding the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is great, but the focus of the bill should be on pre-K.
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    It just sounds another version of Headstart. As I said before on this even Headstart's on numbers say that it's a waste of money. Education needs to be done on a local level or privatize it which can be done with student vouchers.
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    I don't know why I bother. My Rep is a stupid tea bagger who has never had an original though. He votes as a tea bagger block. He is worthless in representing Florida. Now maybe this tea bagger will respond to my comments.
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    Education should be a local and state issue, not a federal issue. So as far as I see it, this is a moot point. It's not about being mean it's about following the constitution, you know the 10th amendment that states that anything not specifically spelled out or stated in the constitution is left to the states. Why does the federal government have to be involved. I think that with the Feds involved with education is why we are 35th in the world in regards to education. I also look at it as the government can corrupt the education our kids are receiving allowing political bias.
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    If there are "disenfranchised" kindergartens then their parents have the problem, children that young only care about toys and candy. This is a pathetic ploy
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