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Letter to the Editor: Can Maryland Close the Achievement Gap?

December 24, 2002
Mark K. Shriver
The Washington Post

Yes. The answer is to create and fund universal public preschool programs.

The good news is that there is a growing national consensus about how to mitigate the academic achievement gap. The preponderance of research demonstrates that high-quality preschool programs not only prepare children for later success in school but also produce tremendous social and economic benefits, including reduced crime rates, lower remediation costs and increased income levels over time.