Tallahassee, FL – Pointing to a new report showing 42 percent of children who participated in the stateâ€™s voluntary pre-kindergarten program were not ready for kindergarten, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday directed Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to come up with a plan for improvements.
â€œA 42 percent failure rate is simply not defendable and certainly not good enough for Floridaâ€™s youngest learners,â€� DeSantis said in a prepared statement. â€œI have asked Commissioner Corcoran to prioritize this issue and direct available funding to make enhancements.â€�
A news release from DeSantisâ€™ office did not detail steps that might be taken.
â€œWe must have a real accountability measure for all our school readiness programs,â€� Corcoran said in a prepared statement. â€œWe are highlighting this data to serve as a rallying cry going forward that we will improve our early learning opportunities for students.â€�
Florida voters in 2002 passed a constitutional amendment requiring that all 4-year-old children be offered a free â€œhigh-quality pre-kindergarten learning opportunity by the state.â€�
The program is offered through public and private schools.
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