Improving education

Posted Friday, Feb. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Sometimes, we have to think outside the box to find ways to improve public education, like leaving behind the "season for school" based on the agricultural harvest/planting times.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed offering pre-kindergarten for all children. As pointed out in a recent Star-Telegram article, the public agrees that the sooner a child is introduced to school, the greater the success rate, but the question is how to fund the program.

In Texas, students are tested by the state to check for basic or college-readiness skills in their 11th year. Why not consider the 11th year their final year? If the students pass the state test, why not let them move on to either a technical school or college or into the workforce? The money spent on the student in the 12th year could be shifted to pre-K.

As a retired Texas public school educator, I would rather see my taxes being used to "front-load" education than pay for a high school senior to take classes above and beyond those needed to meet the state required college-readiness standards.

-- Kris McIntosh, Edgecliff Village

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