by Max Brantley
A new study, subject of a NY Times report, says the recession may slow the nationwide movement toward pre-K programs, vital early education for at-risk kids.
Here's a link to the report. Arkansas does fairly well in the study. The number of kids participating has been rising and funding has held up relatively well, though it has declined a bit recently using a dollar adjusted for inflation.
The report -- which ranked the states on 10 benchmarks, including class size, and student-teach ratios -- said that only two states, North Carolina and Alabama, met all 10 benchmarks. Arkansas was one of only nine states that met 9 of the 10 benchmarks.