ERIC Number: ED485527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-3
Fwd: Half Empty or Half Full? Florida's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Standards. Volume: 2, Number: 1. Arresting Insights in Education
Thomas B Fordham Foundation and Institute
In 2002, when its voters approved a ballot measure calling for universal pre- Kindergarten by 2005-06, Florida joined a handful of states in which all children are eligible for free, publicly funded education in the year prior to Kindergarten. The passage of the referendum--which received more votes than Governor Jeb Bush garnered in his victory over his Democratic opponent--was cause for great optimism among those aware of the power of high quality pre-K programs to prepare children, particularly low-income children, to meet the challenges of K-12 education. But as with any public policy initiative, the devil is in the details. The universal but voluntary pre-K measure called on the legislature to hammer out those details, which would determine the quality of the program, its capacity to meet the educational needs of Florida's 4-year olds, and its ability to fulfill the expectations of voters and taxpayers. [Report also produced by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.]
Descriptors: Public Policy, Kindergarten, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Needs, Preschool Education, Standards, Low Income Groups, Educational Quality
Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 1627 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-223-5452; Fax: 202-223-9226; Web site: http://www.edexcellence.net.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, Washington, DC.