Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

December 22, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Keep education as top priority

Kentucky and many other states have a current financial future that is bleak. The reality is more money is needed than is available. Its a supply-and-demand issue — the demand is much greater than the supply, Some say this is a spending problem; others say it’s a revenue problem. If the truth be known, it’s somewhere in the middle.

“Somewhere in the middle” is the point of this letter. Somewhere in the middle of a spending problem versus a revenue problem is the place where the most important issues exist. It’s the place where 99 percent of Kentuckians live and work. “Somewhere in the middle” are real families who are affected by the decisions of the governor and our legislators. “Somewhere in the middle” are Kentucky’s youngest children who are and will be affected by the decisions made in Frankfort.

It may sound a bit cliche but our youngest citizens will soon be the next generation of adult citizens. I know the governor wants to provide opportunities for every child to grow and learn throughout their lives. There’s a chance that a toddler now enrolled in a quality child care program may be a Kentucky governor in 40 or 50 years. There’s an even great chance that a child in preschool today will become Kentucky Teacher of the Year or even National Teacher of th Year. Will every child want to grow up to be governor or teacher of the year or a gifted researcher? Of course not. However, shouldn’t every child be given an equal chance to be and do all that they are capable of doing and achieving?  

I offer this challenge to Gov. Steve Beshear: As you approach a new legislative session and must make difficult funding  decisions, please make investments in education from delivery to diploma a top priority.

Bradley Stevenson, Executive director, Child Care Council of Kentucky Inc.

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