This episode of Radio Active Magazine is devoted to discussing Mayor James’ initiative on the April 2 ballot to fund universal preschool in Kansas City, Missouri. This uses taxing authority restricted to economic development initiatives. This broadcast will combine excerpts from a Feb. 5 presentation by the Mayor and a Feb. 25 press conference by opponents with a live conversation with TJ Berry, Executive Director of the Clay County Economic Development Commission. The episode will end with a brief review of statements on this issue made March 9 by 10 of the 11 candidates for Mayor of KCMO.
There is a broad but not universal consensus of the need for more government support for early childhood education, especially for the children from families with limited incomes. Research has established that such programs if reasonably managed reduce crime and increase the rate of economic growth, as documented in the Wikiversity article on “Improving schools/Pre-K for All in Kansas City, Missouri“, which further links to other Wikiversity articles with videos and transcripts from the Feb. 5 and 25 events.
The accompany figure plots annual growth rate 1960-2000 in average annual income (Gross Domestic Product per capita adjusted for inflation) vs. average scores on internationally standardized tests of student achievement in primary and secondary schools aggregated by groups of countries and adjusted for average income in 1960 per Hanushek and Woessmann (2015) The Knowledge Capital of Nations (MIT Pr., pp. 4, 8).
HOW TO VOTE
The analysis in the Wikiversity article on “Improving schools/Pre-K for All in Kansas City, Missouri“discusses which registered voters in Kansas City, Missouri trying would likely vote “Yes” or “No” on this:
Yes: If you believe that this initiative is likely to be better than anything else that’s likely to pass in the next few years, you probably will want to vote for this.
No: Reasons for opposing this include the following:
- You think city funds should not be used for this kind of thing.
- You think that future politicians will likely play games with this money making education no better off than before. This reportedly happened with the Missouri lottery, as policy makers in Jefferson City diverted to other purposes funds that previously had gone to education.
- You vehemently oppose government funds going to preschool programs affiliated with religious organization(s).
- You think that too much of the funds of this program would be consumed in legal fees to make it worthwhile.
- You think that the support for doing something in this area has been increasing over the past couple of years, and something better will likely be developed and approved in the next few years.
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