Lydia Boughton Dorynek | Chicago Reader

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Re: “How investment bankers are set to profit from Rahm's preschool plan

Ben, Thank you. I was at the City Council meeting to fight this on the day it passed. With a group called Bright Futures Chicago Coalition, we sat through a 4 hour meeting, awaiting a turn for public testimony, and then spoke to an almost empty room, explaining why this is a bad deal for our children and families. All but 6 of the 50 alderman and almost all the media had left. What's the point of public testimony if nobody hears it? But you have made our points for us: why should the bankers get the money that we save? Why should 2600 children be actively denied services (and isn't that an unethical research method, having a control group that will suffer?) Why fund only 4-year-old, half day slots, when there are millions of working families needing care, and when we already know how important the 0-5 years are? Helping a child at 4 is great, but it's almost too late. And finally, if you're so convinced that investment in early childhood will save money in the long run- then you need to prioritize that investment. Put the money in now, and you'll save it down the line, instead of increasing our costs down the line like this deal does.
By the way, Bright Futures Chicago Coalition will continue to work and fight for improvement in early childhood education, and we hope we have your support. We were recently able to get the question of an Elected School Board on the ballot, and are proud of that effort

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Posted by Lydia Boughton Dorynek on 12/11/2014 at 1:14 PM

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