Informed Sources: Pre-K Tax – The Money

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(Memphis) Already wary of high taxes, Memphis voters will decide Thursday whether to raise the city's sales tax to 9.75 percent.

Supporters say support is crucial to a child's education and Memphis's future, but detractors say it's just another money grab by the city.


  • Ron

    Memphis can’t be trusted to do what they say including the mayor. Memphis gave up the schools and now they want run pre-k.

  • madison

    I’ve directly heard about this from one of our city’s leaders. The reason I’m against this is because pre-k is full of simple things people don’t want to teach their kids. During a meeting about it involving parents, they said over and over again “who is going to teach my child their ABC’s?” And I was quite impressed by the response to that. How about.. mom? Dad? Why can’t parents be held responsible or dare say encouraged to teach their kids? You don’t need 6 hours of ABCs, sing it in the bath tub. You don’t need text books to learn colors, you point to objects on the way to destinations. You don’t need someone to teach these things if you incorporate it into daily activity. It’s not that hard. Another reason is that we have the HIGHEST sales tax already. Another reason is that there have been studies on how long this affects a child’s educational development and it apparently ends before the 6th grade. The amount of time it’s effective in giving a head start has actually decreased. I really do feel we need to focus more on the parents, educate them and give them the ability to help their children learn. If adult education level is the problem, let’s focus on that. I think it’s an absolutely valiant effort to improve the lives of these kids and their futures, our future, but bandaids only go so far. I was appalled when it was suggested on this segment that this would solve poverty. Bandaids aren’t going to solve this. Kids are losing interest in school by the 4th and 5th grade. What then? We need programs to help them along again later if we don’t start with the faulty structures to begin with.

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