Pre-School for All Funding

August 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm 3 comments

One of the big nail-biters in CPS right now is whether or not the Pre-School for All program will be cancelled for the upcoming school year due to Illinois budget cuts.

The Pre-School for All program was created a couple years ago by our buddy Rod Blagojevich (in fact I even saw Patti B brag about it on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.”)  The program provided free half-day pre-school.   The main priority is to provide early education for at-risk kids who need a little boost before Kindergarten.  The reality is that the program has become one of the hottest tickets in town in some neighborhood schools.  The number of classes available varies from school to school.  Some full schools (such as Bell) don’t have any room to house the pre-school program.  Neighborhood families want priority, but a school doesn’t necessarily need to give it to them.  So the end result has been some pissed off parents in various schools who haven’t gotten their child into the free program for this Fall.

But throwing everyone for a loop, the whole program has been suddenly put in jeopardy due to the looming budget cuts.  This could leave (reportedly) 30,000 kids without preschool this fall and many teachers without jobs on short notice.  Bad situation overall.

It sounds like the state Board of Ed recommended this cut but now Gov Quinn has the opportunity to override it.

http://cbs2chicago.com/politics/preschool.funding.cuts.2.1103502.html

The article says:

Quinn said Monday he’s now hoping to reverse a recommendation by the State Board of Education to cut pre-school for 30,000 youngsters.

“Well the State Board of Education made that recommendation, but I have the final say. So we’re going to be reviewing everything,” Quinn said.

Hopefully somebody will get their act together soon and make a decision about this (and not a week before school starts for crying out loud.)  I’ll post news if I hear anything.

UPDATE FROM A READER:

I watched a press conference a couple of days ago and the Governor added $85 million to early childhood education. I think that increases the chances that Preschool for All programs will continue this year. I couldn’t find a link to the new budget, but I’ve got a pdf copy that I pulled from somewhere the day of the event. I hope the state and CPS can quickly tell schools whether any programs will not be funded this year or next year so parents can decide where to apply.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Pre-School. Tags: .

GEAP / Magnet Fair School Supply Time

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peggy  |  August 2, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Some schools, like the one we enrolled my son in, are simply converting what was planned to be a Preschool For All room into a Head Start room. And in our case, the principal has somehow worked it out so that families who make more than the poverty guidelines, can still stay this year.

    I would guess that most schools with a percentage of kids coming from really poor families will be converting their preschool for alls into head starts and that those registered back in the spring will be able to stay this coming year.

  • 2. Paul  |  August 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I just posted on NPN. I watched a press conference a couple of days ago and the Governor added $85 million to early childhood education. I think that increases the chances that Preschool for All programs will continue this year. I couldn’t find a link to the new budget, but I’ve got a pdf copy that I pulled from somewhere the day of the event. I hope the state and CPS can quickly tell schools whether any programs will not be funded this year or next year so parents can decide where to apply.

  • 3. dave4118  |  August 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Friday(8-7-09) I happened to run into my daughter’s Pre-k teacher’s assistant. I asked her what the status of Pre-k funding was…she shrugged her shoulders and seemed unconcerned. She said that she had just spoken to one of the clerks in the school office and was told not to worry, ‘every one is coming back’. Take that for what it is worth…third hand hearsay.

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,564 other followers

Archives

Categories

Get up to the minute obsessive updates on Twitter

  • Friday 3/3 High School "letters" will be posted to the online portal. Count down begins... 3 weeks ago

Blog Stats

  • 5,650,176 hits

%d bloggers like this: