5-19-16 – Serious Media Bias for Taxpayer Funded Pre-K

by Rob Roper

Another article appears in VT Digger today pumping up the false crisis regarding a lack of childcare options in Vermont. This one is called, Child Care Supply Is Far Below Demand, New Analysis Finds. But here’s the catch… it is only referring to “high quality” childcare. And what are they calling “high quality?” Only that which is regulated and subsidized through the public school system.

According to a VT Digger article from Sept. 15 by this same author, “As of 2013, Vermont’s licensed child care – including home care — providers had capacity for 27,500 children.” This is more than enough to meet demand.

For over a decade the Vermont NEA has been orchestrating a hostile takeover — using tens of millions of taxpayer dollars — of the childcare market currently served by hundreds of small, independent childcare providers.

The notion that only “high quality” childcare is delivered through the public school system, or directly regulated by it through partnerships with the education bureaucracy, is a fallacy. If these programs are really so “high quality,” how come since these “high quality” high cost programs have been expanding in Vermont, the fourth graders who have matriculated through a system having increasing availably of “high quality” taxpayer subsidized pre-k have seen their test scores DROP?

The question Vermonters have to ask is if you want to see your property taxes explode to subsidize the government takeover of a sector of the economy currently being served by hundreds of small businesses, mostly run by women, who have a hard enough time making ends meet.

VT Digger seems to be on board with the takeover…

May 18. Child Care Supply Is Far Below Demand, New Analysis Finds

April 25. Education Board Asked to Offer Fix for Concerns About Pre-K Law

April 24. Early Education Survey Highlights Public Private Differences

April 12. Pre-K Supporters Look for State Help When Federal Money Ends

September 13. Parents Struggle to Find Affordable Quality Child Care

In all of these articles — total — there is only one person cited who (mildly) questions the premise that we need to charge forward with more, taxpayer funded, public school operated pre-k. Certainly nobody who is outright opposed. There is only one question raised about the cost of expanding taxpayer subsidized pre-k, and that question gets a non-answer — JFO hasn’t scored it yet. And, not a single interview of an independent childcare provider who has been or will likely be put out of business by this program gets a chance to make her voice heard.

Gunga Din didn’t carry this much water!

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute



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Jim Bulmer May 21, 2016 at 8:21 pm

This is what happens in the welfare state. Everybody gets in line and demands “where’s mine” regardless of need or entitlement. As our esteemed past President, Ronald Reagan, often said, “the ten most dangerous words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help you'”. Since when is universal child care a right????? Further, study after study documents the fact that after two or three years at the most, with the possible exception of special needs children, pre-K is a waste of tax payers’ money, BUT as long as the NEA has the legislature by the short hairs, nothing will change. Their senor folks sit in on the Education Committee meetings and virtually write legislation for them. Will it ever end?????????????? Doubt it!!!!!!!!!!!


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