Governor Napolitano has said that "Extensive research shows that full-day kindergarten improves students' reading, writing and math skills, and it contributes to lower dropout rates." However in this morning's Arizona Republic, reporter Karina Bland finds failure rates for young kindergartners are "alarmingly high." In Mesa, 62 percent of 4-year-old kindergartners were held back.
In a report to be released February 8, 2005, I discuss the myths and realities of early education programs, including kindergarten. As this morning's news reveals, kindergarten is not unequivocally beneficial for all children. See Enable Families to Make Own Choices, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the forthcoming report, Assessing Proposals for Preschool and Kindergarten: Essential Information for Parents, Taxpayers and Policymakers.