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James Kerian: Grand Forks Herald Acknowledges Doubtful Benefits Of Subsidized Preschool

James Kerian: Grand Forks Herald Acknowledges Doubtful Benefits Of Subsidized Preschool

In yesterday’s Grand Forks Herald the Superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction began her letter to the editor with a quote from her predecessor in 1894: “The school age of children in this state (should) be changed so as to admit children of 3 or 4 years” Using government funds to incentivize sending

James Kerian: Subsidized Preschool Is About Coercing Parents, Not Giving Them Options

When President Obama was promoting subsidized preschool last fall he said of stay at home mothers “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make.”  It’s tempting to think that he didn’t really mean that.  It’s right there in his own words but one initially believes that he must have meant to say that it

James Kerian: Subsidized Preschool Is About Education Bureaucrats Not Students

When President Obama announced his war on stay at home mothers last fall he probably did not expect North Dakota’s legislature to come running to his side.  But the NEA and the Department of Public Instruction saw this as an opportunity to increase their funding and the state Senate apparently decided that if the teachers

Baesler, Poolman Make A Weak Case For Early Childhood Education

President Barack Obama is making a push for universal preschool nationally, and here in North Dakota a couple of Republicans have a similar agenda. North Dakota Superintendent of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler and state Senator Nicole Poolman are calling for more funding for early childhood education. The state House stripped a $5 million appropriation for

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