Early Education Focus of 501 Plan

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

(Topeka, KS)--A group called the "2013 Committee" presented its early childhood plan to Topeka's USD 501 school board Thursday night. The board accepted the committee's recommendations.

The plan is based around a new facility specifically for early childhood learning -- with licensed teachers working with the kids. But the plan is not without controversy.

Board member Betty Horton said the plan in its current form, "falls short." She said there were not enough minorities involved in the drafting of the plan.

She is also concerned about minority day care providers -- who are not licensed teachers -- being driven out of business by the facility, which will likely employ many white teachers.

Board member Patrick Woods said everyone was invited to be part of the process and was, and calls the board's acceptance a victory for the children of 501.

The funding would not come from the 2008-09 budget -- which was approved without controversy.

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