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Pre-K Does it Work or is it Too Expensive? - Erika Lathon

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State taxpayers spend $89 Million annually on pre-kindergarten programs. Teachers say the program prepares students for kindergarten and has long term social and academic benefits. Metro's Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register believes the program is so important it should be expanded so that it's available to all Davidson County preschoolers. Some state lawmakers aren't as supportive. Rep. Bill Dunn (R) Knoxville says past studies show no long term benefits past kindergarten or first grade. He says expanding the program to universal pre-K is too expensive and taxpayer money could be better spent paying teachers and improving technology in the classroom. Researchers at Vanderbilt's Peabody College are currently studying the long impact of a pre-K education.

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