Hawaii teacher union fighting preschool ballot measure
- A preschool ballot measure is receiving significant opposition from the Hawaii State Teachers Association.
- The proposed amendment to the state's constitution would, if passed, would allow the state to fund partnerships with privately operated preschool programs.
- On the other end of the spectrum, the initiative is backed by the Good Beginnings Alliance-Children's Action Network, which argues it would expand preschool options to low-income families, Education Week reports.
To add a little perspective to the situation, Education Week says that Hawaii is the only state where private educational institutions are barred from public funds and that only 9 other states don't pay for universal preschool programs. If the true concern is that the potential amendment would harm public schools by sending funding elsewhere, perhaps the best course of action would be for the union to lobby for a universal preschool program in the state's public schools.
- Education Week Union takes stand against preschool initiative
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