According to the Education Commission of the States, 32 states and the District of Columbia raised their funding levels in the 2015-16 budget year.

On the contrary, five states did not provide funding for pre-K programs in 2015-16. Idaho was one of them. Three years ago, there were 11 states that didn’t invest in pre-K funding.

Is Idaho being short-sighted on pre-K?

Other states spent more than $7.5 billion on pre-K in 2016-17.

Is it time for Idaho to start allotting some of its budget toward pre-K programs?


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References cited:

Education Commission of the States: 50-state review

Idaho Education News: Statehouse roundup, 2.8.17: Teacher shortages, accountability and Pre-K