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Monday, May 22, 2006

ED, Sen. Lightford passes Preschool for All

From a Governor Rod Blagojevich press release:
Preschool for All
Preschool for All makes Illinois the only state in the nation to begin providing access to high-quality preschool for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old child in Illinois. The program, which guarantees that in the end approximately 190,000 Illinois children will have the chance to attend preschool, will reach working families who are not able to afford the high cost of private preschool. Funding for preschool programs is increasing by $45 million this year, allowing 10,000 new children to get an early start on their education. Participation in the program for parents is voluntary.

Students who attend preschool are 20 percent more likely to graduate high school, 41 percent less likely to need special education and 42 percent less likely to be arrested for committing a violent crime. Studies also show that for every dollar spent on early childhood education, society saves at least $7 through decreased reliance on social services. The Preschool for All legislation, Senate Bill 1497, was sponsored by Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester) and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago).

While Lightford's office is in Westchester she still lives in Maywood according to her candidate filing.

[UPDATE: More details in a new G-Rod press release:
The language for Preschool for All was contained in Senate Bill 1497, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) and Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester). SB 1497 amends the school code to authorize the use of state funds for pre-kindergarten services for children who are not defined as “at-risk.” Under current law, pre-kindergarten funds are used exclusively to serve at-risk kids. At-risk kids have the greatest need of service, and numerous studies show that they benefit significantly from attending preschool.

However, there are many kids who do not meet the current definition of at-risk who could still benefit from preschool. For example, parents making $50,000 a year may not have enough money to provide their child with high-quality preschool, but if the child doesn’t have any other risk factors, they’re not going to qualify for state-funded pre-kindergarten. In Illinois, the average annual cost of private early learning programs for 3 and 4-year-olds is $5,200, and the cost for two children can exceed $10,400 annually – the salary of a minimum wage earner. The new Preschool for All program will continue to prioritize at-risk children, but expands it to also serve middle-income families.

13 Comments:

  • TIRED PHONY POLITICANS SAYS!

    Okay now what! What has she done as the education chair of the senate to help the failing schools in her district. The hell with Lightford! She sits back and lets Welch build a 40 million dollar school. Has she been in PMSA? It is not worth 40 million dollars. Welch and his Board of Dummies were able to spend this tremendous amount of money on PMSA while East and West fall down. Also, kids in Mckinley are consuming mold into their bodies. Where is the emergency money to send them kids some where else? Lightford has lost my vote forever. People only see her when it is election time. One would think that some of Meeks christian ways would have rubbed off on her, but she has gotten worse.

    I don't want to hear a damn thing about Lightford. She needs to keep it real and start doing something about the failing schools in her district.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:32 PM, May 23, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:52 PM, May 24, 2006  

  • Dear Carl,

    Out of respect for Senator Lightford, I would recommend that you remove these foolish comments from your Blog. They are disrespect and very unbecoming. You typically remove "anonymous" blogs that have been posted to this website in the past. I would suggest you do the same once again.

    By Anonymous Springfield is watching you., at 4:03 PM, May 24, 2006  

  • pamela says: Show me the money! Is it true that the lottery is going to pay for this new preschool idea? Wasn't the lottery originally set up to pay for education? If that's true, where is all the money that was supposed to be there? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the idea of state funded preschools. It is a proven fact that children do better. The problem comes when you see schools like Proviso East with 1940's science labs and peeling paint in the cafeteria. What about Mc Kinley? No child should go to a toxic school. Where is all the money the Feds promised to fund the No Child Left Behind program? Also Carl, if you delete the anti Lighford posts, you will have lost all credibility. Isn't this a forum where people can say what they want (within reason)?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:00 PM, May 24, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Tracy, at 10:50 PM, May 24, 2006  

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    By Blogger More-Signs-Than-Votes, at 11:28 PM, May 24, 2006  

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    By Anonymous my baby has a daddy, at 11:15 AM, May 25, 2006  

  • People are not being fair to Lightford. Her father's child has nothing to do with anything. It is unfair and stupid to speak about her child.

    She is under the same spell that Gene Moore has been under for six years. They have all been FOOLED, LED ASTRAY, BAMBOOLZED, HOOD WINKED, and BRAINWASHED by Chris Welch. A lot of people have been decieved by Welch. That is his plan; he really makes it bad for lawyers. He does represent the sterotypical LYING ASS LAWYWER!

    When Lightford realizes that, then she will begin to act like a real senator for the people of her district. She needs to distant herself from him, because she will TANK like Gene Moore has. When you lay down with fleas; you get up itching, scratching, and stanking. Gene can't make a come back from the MARK Welch has put on him. Lightford needs to become aware of how EVIL WELCH is . He is an opportunist and it is all about him.
    Welch has plans on running against Lightford, and when he does, she will see him for the real WELSH he is.

    By Blogger More-Signs-Than-Votes, at 3:45 PM, May 25, 2006  

  • The individuals that post comments on this blog are pathetic and tasteless! In an attempt to discredit and disrespect Senator Lightford is accomplishing what? You ask Senate President Emil Jones Jr., how well his senator in the 4th Legislative District is doing and I am sure he has unlimited compliments on Senator Lightford's accomplishments.

    By Anonymous Live From Springfield, at 10:01 PM, May 25, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Martinez, at 10:06 AM, May 26, 2006  

  • Please refrain from commenting on public officials' sex lives unless it's directly relevant to the public policy question being discussed.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:40 AM, May 26, 2006  

  • Lightford needs to intiate some type of dialogue or plan to address the failing schools in her district. She is the chair of the education committee. Is that to much to ask for? Proviso Township is in a STATE of DISTRESS.

    With Welch as the board president and lawyer for 88, our schools have plummeted drastically and will continue to fail with him holding these positions.

    Also, Grady Rivers has done nothing to increase the academic success of 89 schools. He does not even send his daughters to Proviso or an 89 school! The schools are not good enough for his children, but he creates the policies and procedures for our children in 89! What has happened to our people. I guess the BLING BLING has coruppted their MINDS! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE! LET'S SAVE THE CHILDREN

    By Blogger District209Parent, at 12:13 AM, May 27, 2006  

  • Senator Lightfoot is accomplishing what?

    EMirl Jones would say (if he's honest) thzat shes made a REAL name for herself. And it ain't nice. You can take girl out of the west side but you can't take the westside out of the girl. she's "raw" and cheep. I know---we use to kick it.

    By Anonymous westside Ben, at 9:02 PM, May 30, 2006  

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