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Letter: Private pre-schools hurt by Busy Bees

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From: Amy Jackson


Received: Oct. 11

I am saddened that the current Busy Bees Pre-K has pulled so many 4 year-old students from private preschools.

Prior to the start of the school year, Busy Bees had some of our 3 year-old students enrolled to boost the amount of families paying tuition.

Thanks to John Quick, those 3 year-olds are back in private preschools. Busy Bees has had a negative impact on pre-k enrollment at my preschool.

 We had to cancel 2 classes as a result of students switching to Busy Bees. The low cost of Busy Bees is too attractive to families who could otherwise afford tuition for a private preschool.

I will be voting “NO” to the tax increase to pay for public Pre-K. I feel strongly that a Pre-K education is important for each child. I do not support expanding our public school system to make this happen.

 There are enough spaces in private preschools for families who currently send their children to Pre-K.

All private preschools have help available for families in need. I wish they would recruit from the part of the population who are not sending their children to preschool.

This is the un-met need in the community, this is the part of the population Busy Bees should be serving.

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