How to pay for pre-K:
Graduate high schoolers at age 16
In 1999 Leon Botstein, long-time president of Bard College (and conductor of the American Symphony) first proposed starting school at 4- or 5-years-old and graduating high school students at age 16.
Botstein argued that teenagers mature much faster than they did when high schools were first invented. He also argued, nearly 20 years ago, that “Information and images, as well as the real and virtual freedom of movement we associate with adulthood, are now accessible to every 15- and 16-year-old.”
- In 2015 7,575 public high school students, 759 nonpublic pupils, and 1,842 home school high school students earned 167,206 credits at state colleges and universities in a program called Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). The State of Minnesota paid $31.8 million to participating colleges and universities on behalf of these students.
- Legislators have proposed PSEO for apprenticeships or technical education.
- Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken has introduced a bill to fund career training programs in high schools.
- Two-third of jobs may require only a high school education or less. http://tcbmag.com/Industries/Education-and-Training/The-State-Of-Overqualified-Workers
- Minnesotans overwhelmingly support universal pre-K.
- Universal preschool for four-year-olds would cost $175 million a year plus the cost of more teachers and classrooms.
- Gov. Dayton has said he supports state-funded universal pre-K in part because daycare is expensive.
- In 2016 Minnesota taxpayers paid $247 million from federal, state and county dollars to help parents pay for child care.
- The State of Minnesota is paying this year a basic minimum of $5,948 per student. This year there are 133,343 11th and 12th graders in Minnesota schools at a cost to Minnesota taxpayers of at least $800 million a year.
There are no easy answers but there are simple answers: Ronald Reagan