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Universal preschool approved for ballot

July 12, 2002
AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Cathi Carr
Gainesville Sun

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas cited a recent estimate by a nationally recognized expert in education economics who said an investment in quality pre-kindergarten in Florida would save between $2 billion and $3 billion for each wave of 4-year-olds. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said the estimate takes into account money saved on special education, welfare and prisons, as well as what the successful preschool students eventually pay in taxes.