Originally Sent: 4/17/2014
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
Please call your Maine state senator and representative to protect 4-year-olds!
The best place for 4-year-olds is at home with their families. But the Maine Legislature recently voted in favor of a plan to make it free and easy for parents to pack off their 4-year-olds to a school classroom during the day.
LD 1530 requires every Maine school district to offer free day care for 4-year-olds. While it is called “preschool,” a mountain of research shows that there is no lasting academic benefit when schools try to teach 4-year-olds.
The big losers are the children.
1. If you have not yet called the governor’s office to urge him to veto LD 1530, please do so. You can call him at 1-855-721-5203.
2. Please call your Maine state senator and representative. Your message can be as simple as:
“Please support the governor in vetoing LD 1530. Preschool for 4-year-olds would be a costly mistake. The healthiest place for 4-year-olds is at home. A mountain of research shows there are no lasting educational benefits from putting 4-year-olds in a school-type setting.”
It’s important to call your senator and representative because if the governor vetoes LD 1530, the bill will quickly come back to the legislature for another vote. The legislature can override his veto with a two-thirds vote in each house. Republicans (especially) who initially voted in favor of free preschool for all 4-year-olds must hear from you within the next 10 days!
To find out who your Maine state senator and representative is, use this link. It is especially important to call them if they are on the list below.
House of Representatives
Rep. Beaulieu - Auburn, 577-6962
Rep. Crockett - Bethel, 739-9971
Rep. Doak - Columbia Falls, 546-1650
Rep. Evangelos - Friendship, 832-7378
Rep. MacDonald - Old Orchard, 590-4201
Rep. McElwee - Caribou, 551-7574
Rep. Volk -Scarborough, 299-5091
Leave a message for your representative at the House Office: (207) 287-1400
Sen. Collins, York County
Sen. Flood, Kennebec
Sen. Katz, Kennebec
Sen. Langley, Hancock
Sen. Saviello, Franklin
Sen. Youngblood, Penobscot
Leave a message for your senator at the Senate Office: (207) 287-1540
Maine legislators supporting LD 1530 claim:
1. “ ‘New studies’ show that early education programs are important to a child’s development and academic success.”
This is simply not true. While there are some new studies with superficially good results, it is impossible to assess the true impact on children until many years have passed. The studies lawmakers in favor of LD 1530 quote most often are two small, old studies—the 1962 Perry Study and the 1972 Abecedarian Study. But the promising results of those small studies have never been able to be replicated among larger groups of children.
And they forget to mention the many excellent large-scale studies that show no significant long-term academic gains—including the well-documented 2012 DHS study that analyzed the impact of Head Start on thousands of children. Since 1998 when universal kindergarten was implemented in Oklahoma, test scores have continuously declined. Oklahoma’s latest overall education rating places them at number 43 in the nation.
2. “Free universal pre-k will be high quality pre-k.”
Claiming LD 1530 will create “high quality” pre-k is simply fraudulent. For decades, big government programs have been spending money to try to bring lasting academic benefits to 4-year-olds, and they have all been failures. Has the Maine Legislature all by itself suddenly discovered the secret of how to bring lasting educational benefits to 4-year-olds? Obviously not. The bill’s proponents are counting on a gullible public. This fits in the same category as President Obama’s claim, “you will be able to keep your doctor.” Sure.
3. “Military, law enforcement and businesses are behind government universal pre-k.”
Really? All of them? Let’s put our thinking caps on, folks.
For references to solid research showing no lasting academic gains for 4-year olds, see the references in our last e-lert on this subject.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
HSLDA Senior Counsel
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