Yes, it’s Aloha Friday!!!
I hope you have a great weekend planned and that the weather will cooperate. The early education debate is reaching a greater intensity, but will it all matter? Three bills addressing early education (subsidized by the state) are moving through the legislature. Although the debate on point, information and outcome is clear, it’s likely these bills will pass and you will be expected to pay upwards of $35 million to fund the guarantee of all 4-year-olds and, eventually, the care for all kids 1-year and older. The incredible financial impact, sans definitive data indicating real academic progress, will be staggering. I know the emotional side of the discussion will drown out a more sober analysis of the cost benefit, but I am hopeful the histrionics of the proponents will not dominate a thoughtful conversation.