State's Pre-K Tied For Nation's Best

The pre-kindergarten programs of North Carolina and Alabama have been rated the nation's best by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced Wednesday that Alabama and North Carolina shared the top spot in meeting all quality standards in pre-k.

Marquita Davis, Alabama's Commissioner of the Department of
Children's Affairs, said Alabama and North Carolina are the only states that meet all 10 of the institute's standards for high quality pre-k.


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  • by Good news/bad news Location: NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    That's good news, but there is bad to go along with it. The very same day this announcement was released, the NC senate approved their 09-11 budget which cut $40M to the NC Pre-K program. They added $37M in federal recovery funds, but those funds are temporary & will run out in 2 years, if not the first year.
  • by Earl Location: Pitt county on Apr 23, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    This is a popularity contest among pre-school advocates, not a research based study that shows any positive results from any of these programs. This is simply a check off of things that someone "thinks" will be good if they are done. If our preschool programs are the best in the nation, why do our school results lag so far behind the nation? There have been no long term studies of the benefits of SmartStart or More at 4, just anecdotal stories that do not justify the milions of dollars spent on these programs annually. The limited research that has been done indicates that any benefits of these programs disappear by the second or third grade. A much better use of taxpayers money would be to significantly lower the student teacher ratios in grades K-3 to around 1:15, which could be done with half the money currently being spent on on the pre-school programs. Unfortunately, the NC Senate plans to cut funds in that area as well.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I hope our governor reads this before she makes some big mistakes
  • by teacher Location: nc on Apr 22, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    Isn't this a program that our educational governor wants to cut the funds for in our state to help balance the budget. Maybe she needs to rethink her decision as well as other elected officials.
  • by Remember Location: Nc on Apr 22, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    How will it be next year? Remember our politicians want to cut spending for students.
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