One big reason to vote for the sales tax
posted by Mike McClellan
at 20 September, 5:49 AM 0
So the folks against the sales tax initiative (Prop. 204) are amassing their moolah and their arguments.
But here’s one argument for the tax: Kindergarten.
With the introduction of the Common Core Curriculum, we expect even more from kindergarteners — they need to be able to read and write and do basic math by the time they finish.
Kids who have full-day kindergarten have a big leg up over the half-day kids.
And let’s guess where most of the half-day kids are located.
Nope. Not in the rich districts — they have had overrides that allow them to fund full-day K (though some richer districts, like Cave Creek, don’t).
No, the vast majority of half-day only kindergarten classes are in poorer districts.
Those kids — who probably don’t start kindergarten on an equal footing — are already behind their peers in wealthier districts.
The sales tax initiative is no cure-all – it only maintains the funding from the one-cent sales tax.
But that’s better than leaving those kids’ futures to the whims of the legislature and Governor Brewer.
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