Future President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington DC, 20500
Dear Future President,
I appreciate your position and all you do for our country and thank you for reading my letter. I am Jenna, a sophomore at Minnetonka High School and I am writing to you because I have an expressed interest in the universal free pre-kindergarten for all 4 year olds in Minnesota.
I believe every child should have the same opportunity to do well in school and be given the chance to go through preschool before entering the actual classes with their school district. When a child does not good through preschool they often feel and are behind the rest of the students, leaving an obvious gap.
In recent studies done by the Minnesota Board of Education have shown that students who did not attend preschool are 25% more likely to drop out later on and stunt their growth educationally. Given that statistic, to keep youth in school and working to become a good citizen for the state, they need to start early and stress the importance of a quality education while they are young and impressionable.
The achievement gap between the students can lead to social differences and the best way to improve public education's reputation is by narrowing the gap. This can be done by budgeting $173,000,000 to pay for teachers and materials and provide every 4 year old in the state of Minnesota a preschool education. Governor Mark Dayton has been pushing for this universal pre-k for awhile and has been showing that with that money 47,300 more kids could receive schooling.
I hope this letter makes you consider the issue with a more critical eye. I am very passionate about this because this program could change the lives of nearly 50,000 children by opening the doors to a more successful future. Thank you for your time.
Magan, Christopher. "Mark Dayton Continues Universal Preschool Push; Alternatives Also Progress." Twin Cities Pioneer Press. N.p., 31 Mar. 2016. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.
McGuire, By Kim. "For Minnesota's Littlest Learners, a New Push to Close Achievement Gap." Star Tribune. Star Tribune, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.
"Universal Pre-K Fact Sheet." Fact Sheet (2015): n. pag. 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.