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.”



  • 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.


There are no easy answers but there are simple answers: Ronald Reagan


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