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'We Are Failing Our Children By Not Having Full-Day K'

A Shelton resident has started a petition to get the city and Board of Education to fund full-day kindergarten.


Lisa Czaplinski is concerned that Shelton students are falling behind.

The Shelton resident is calling on city officials to fund full-day kindergarten, and she has started a petition to garner support.

Czaplinski began spreading the word about her petition in an Announcement she posted on Shelton Patch on Friday. As of Sunday afternoon, her post had 13 Facebook recommends and was the second most popular announcement on Shelton Patch.

"Currently," Czaplinksi writes, "Connecticut has 103 school districts that offer full day kindergarten including Derby, Seymour, Trumbull and Monroe, which is starting this coming fall. Our children are being left behind during this critical time for education."

Full-day kindergarten failed to make it through Monroe's 2012-13 budget process, but it is included in the town's 2013-14 proposed budget, which its residents will vote on this week. Nearby Newtown has a similar history, with full-day kindergarten among items that hit the chopping block in past years, dating back to at least 2010.

In her post, Czaplinski is critical of Shelton's decision to fund a $1.4 million animal shelter but not full-day kindergarten, which she estimates would cost about $800,000 per year.

"We are failing our children by not having full day kindergarten. The cost of having full day kindergarten can offset the cost of remediation that is needed to help students catch up," she writes.

"Our children are being left behind due to budget restraints," she goes on to write.

Czaplinski's petition is posted on the website, Change.Org.

What Do You Think?

Should Shelton fund full-day kindergarten?

Richard April 09, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Two thumbs up to you Lisa. If it was possible for me to completely home school my kids I would do it. I give you a lot of credit. I do make it a point to be involved with my kids after school, and when necessary, reeducate them from their daily indoctrination. I enjoyed the half days I spent with my kids when each of them went to Kindergarten. I wouldn't trade that time in for all money or leisure time in the world. You have it right. Your kids will be the better for your devotion.
MAC April 09, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Lisa, don't you know that "kids belong to whole communities," not to you and your husband? Maybe you missed seeing "Melissa Harris-Perry calmly explain how your children don’t really belong to you — they belong to the collective." ​ Home schooling is great. But foundational THREATS to our nation (in an increasingly FAILING education system) are too entrenched for our nation to survive as anything like what we formerly knew it to be, IF "Common Core" and the like are not rooted out! While most home schooled children are getting a great education, those in the public schools (MOST children) are getting an increasingly "dumbed down" 'education' that indoctrinates in Leftist philosophy, ignores U.S. history and the Constitution, and does NOT equip them to compete in the job market and world today! The above quotes are from this article: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/08/glenn-beck-eviscerates-msnbc-promo-claiming-your-kids-belong-to-the-whole-community-and-makes-some-scary-connections/ ALL Americans need to be aware of this, and all who care about our future as a nation, and your future in retirement, need to share this information and get involved protesting "Common Core" with our elected state representatives. Under it, as well as CSCOPE (which they have instead in TX) "You don’t have a right to see as a parent what your children are learning."!!!
Richard April 10, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Mac, I agree with you 100%. I doubt that most people will get it. Lisa gets it. The problem is getting others to understand what is going on behind Common Core. I can't convince my wife; I doubt that I can get a friend or stranger to see what is happening. Those who support full day kindergarten are under the impression that somehow half-day kindergarteners are being left behind. They don't realize that it is about a national school curriculum based on environmentalism and a new world order. Literature and poems have no place in Common Core. By High School the students will be learning from books like Mao's "Little Red Book." Critical thinking skills will be lost and anyone that strays from the group mindset will be ostracized. You, Lisa, and I get it. I will spend my time redirecting my children from their daily indoctrination. I won't waste my time trying to convince others. What you and I write toady will, in 10 years, be considered political Blasphemy. We will be threatened that our children will be taken away because we are not "fit" parents. Common Core is coming and there is nothing you or I can do about it. Right now all people see is the money. The language has been changed; it now about the money and "what about the children." I stand behind my children because I love them; the socialists stand behind other people's children and use them as shields. We will never win that debate. Social progressives always use children. (Hitler Youth, Mao's Red Guard)
Lisa S April 10, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I actually think more people get it Richard, but don't want to admit it. I understand people have to work and need the kids to be looked after all day but I know many home school families that have 2 incomes and make it work because they do not want their kids to be brainwashed by our gov't. and to be so limited in what they actually learn. Our kids are our future and I see a scary future with the direction our educational system and our gov't is going! And even if you don't want to home school spend time with your kids pursuing true learning and their interests so they see there is something more for them out there.
MAC April 10, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I could not agree more with you and Richard about the "brainwash[ing] by our gov't." in the public schools, and the need for parents to be hands on counteracting it! However, we need to share the facts about the insidious nature of "Common Core" with everyone who will listen--parents, taxpayers, and elected State officials who SEE common sense! Also share this with your friends in other states, particularly those in states where the gov't. isn't overwhelmingly controlled by Statist Dems! We are already seeing a downtrend in the competitiveness of U.S. college graduates in the competitive international world of business; and this affects the future economic prospects of ALL Americans--not just individual graduates and their families! The national Common Core State Standards (the “Standards”) were not created by the states, but rather by private organizations in Washington, DC, with lavish funding from private entities such as the Gates Foundation, and George Soros. Contrary to previous claims by their creators, the Standards are not “internationally benchmarked.” "States that adopt the Standards [inc. CT] must accept them word for word and will have little opportunity to add content, the states must relinquish their autonomy over public education, all to the denigration of parents’ rights." http://americanprinciplesproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Controlling-Education-From-the-Top-2013.pdf

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