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Children deserve high-quality, public early education

By Wil Okabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 01, 2014

~~<p>We appreciate the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's interest and recent article on the Hawaii State Teachers Association's (HSTA) legislative priorities for 2014 (&quot;HSTA backs pre-kindergarten plan,&quot; Dec. 24).</p>
<p>HSTA recognizes that public education in Hawaii needs to change to meet the changing education requirements that students face in this extremely complex world. That's why we believe in optional pre-kindergarten and mandatory kindergarten for all children in Hawaii and do not support the use of public funding for private programs. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten provide a continuum of learning, and studies show that the earlier children are placed in a learning environment with well-qualified teachers, the more prepared and successful they are in school.</p>
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We appreciate the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's interest and recent article on the Hawaii State Teachers Association's (HSTA) legislative priorities for 2014 ("HSTA backs pre-kindergarten plan," Dec. 24).

HSTA recognizes that public education in Hawaii needs to change to meet the changing education requirements that students face in this extremely complex world. That's why we believe in optional pre-kindergarten and mandatory kindergarten for all children in Hawaii and do not support the use of public funding for private programs. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten provide a continuum of learning, and studies show that the earlier children are placed in a learning environment with well-qualified teachers, the more prepared and successful they are in school. Login for more...



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