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Bush: Preschool cash is scarce


December 16, 2003
OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Leslie Postal
Orlando Sentinel

Florida can’t afford to hire teachers with college degrees for its new pre-kindergarten program but still expects the classes to improve academic achievement, particularly among poor children who usually struggle, Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday. States need “top-notch programs,” perhaps ones that cost as much as public school kindergarten, if they want to close the achievement gap and boost the performance of poor children, said Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.