Biden’s pre-K proposal faces questions over federal role

WASHINGTON – President Biden’s $ 200 billion proposal to expand state-funded preschool through a program that requires membership and state funds faces questions from Republicans about how it will be implemented.

Most states currently offer a public preschool, Republicans and Democrats often support the efforts, but standards and spending vary. Mr Biden is looking to provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds as part of his $ 1.8 trillion family plan, which also includes investments in child care, paid time off and college community.

Under his proposal, states would receive federal funding to help create programs or expand their current offerings, and they would have to build public funds and meet certain standards in return.

The White House says an expansion will improve educational outcomes, while allowing parents of young children to participate fully in the workforce. But while many Republican leaders support public kindergarten, some have expressed skepticism about the role the federal government should play in funding it and the terms that will come with the money.

In Alabama, which has expanded its preschool program, a spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement that the governor does not support Mr. Biden’s universal preschool proposal, adding that “a top-down approach would not be everything. just not beneficial to us. ” She did not respond to questions about the existence of circumstances under which the state would accept the funding.

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