You'll never believe this, but Americans for Prosperity Arkansas
doesn't like Mike Ross's proposal to expand access to pre-k for Arkansas kids
, and they're trotting out misleading arguments to bash it! Behold above the most cynical argument known to man. AFP Arkansas Director Jason Cline
says that a plan to offer increased access to high-quality early childhood education is...an attack on parents
. Mike Ross wants to take the babies away!
Never mind that a wealth of research
suggests that high-quality early childhood education can have an outsized impact on kids' futures, particularly low-income children. Cline's implication here is that pre-k somehow pulls their kids away from unwilling parents. In fact, an expansion of pre-k access would give parents options
for their kids' education. Parents who prefer to keep their kids at home can do so. But many parents are desperate for pre-k programs for their kids
, because they believe that these programs can be hugely beneficial for their children, both now and for years to come. Does Cline think those Arkansas parents
are a problem?