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TEA Concerned About Budget Scissors in Pre-K Classrooms

June 12, 2009

Nashville, TN – Tennessee's largest union representing education professionals is urging lawmakers not to cut funding to the state's classrooms as they work to trim the budget. The Tennessee Education Association (TEA) says it is working to avoid cuts in spending on pre-kindergarten programs as part of the state’s effort to trim its budget in the recession.

Jerry Winters, manager of government relations for TEA, says his organization recognizes the challenge.

"We have a lot to do just to protect public school funding in this state, and one of the cuts we’re trying to avoid is to the state's pre-kindergarten program."

The answers to the many problems facing public education in Tennessee and the nation, says Winters, will only be found as parents commit to working with their schools.

"Parental involvement is the key. Anything we can do to get parents more involved is going to go a long way toward solving a whole lot of the problems in our school systems today."

Pre-kindergarten programs teach academic and social skills in preparation for regular schooling, say educators. Critics say some studies show no long-term positive results from the programs. However, other studies do indicate effectiveness, and Governor Bredesen calls pre-k programs, "dollar for dollar, the best investments we can make in our children."

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN