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Senate GOP rejects preschool bill that would have set public-private partnerships

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  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Even after a quarter of a century while on the Salt Lake School Board where I helped push for a voluntary pre-school program at Lowell Elementary School (now the Open Classroom) in Salt Lake City, today state Republicans continue to fear the public school system as perhaps a socialist program to corrupt young minds. I continue to believe that local control of our public schools through community councils can ensure that no socialist agenda will be thrust upon on children. However, by today's conservative Republican resistance for more education for these students, they condemn many children who for no fault of their own who are most in need of community support to lives of despair, continued poverty as their richer school mates get to prosper and develop. The global competition with millions of children overseas receiving superior education threatens to transform our great country into a second class nation. And the students who could have benefited the most from this important pre-school initiative will only fall further and further behind into a third-world class future. Such conservative thinking is so much elitism at its worst.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 6, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Goodness sakes, you sure don't want those kids from poverty to grow up to be well educated adults.

    If they do, they might actually THINK before voting and the GOP would lose out in Utah big time.