RESOLUTION NO. RS2003-1374
A resolution requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General
Assembly to ensure that any authorized state lottery program is designed so
that from the first year of existence a designated amount of the anticipated
lottery revenues will be allocated to provide quality early childhood education
for four year old children in poverty.
Whereas, November 5, 2002 the Tennessee Constitution was amended to allow the legislature to authorize, implement and administer a state lottery. Such appropriations are to be used to fund assistance to enable citizens to attend post-secondary institutions located within this state; early learning programs and after school programs; and capital projects for k-12 education facilities; and
Whereas, in Tennessee it is estimated that 38,000 four year old children are at risk of school failure because of low family income; and
Whereas, Poverty’s impact is reflected in the achievement test scores of Tennessee’s elementary students. Research studies consistently report that high quality pre-school programs result in the following:
Whereas, Tennessee’s State Board of Education Plan for early childhood education programs insures quality by requiring:
Whereas, In 1996, the 99th General Assembly adopted legislation for creation of the Tennessee Early Childhood Education Pilot Program based on this Plan. In 1998, Tennessee’s first students to participate in the Tennessee Early Childhood Education Pilot Program using the State Board Plan had only a partial year of pre-kindergarten yet scored significantly higher than their socioeconomic peers who had no quality pre-kindergarten experience; and
Whereas, At-risk students who participated in a full year of preschool: scored significantly higher than their socioeconomic peers without preschool
and scored higher than the state average for all students; and
Whereas, 58% of the public school students in Davidson County are eligible for free and reduced lunches, an accepted indicator of poverty including over 4, 200 four year olds who are currently at risk of not having the skills necessary to be “ready” for school; and
Whereas, the research indicates
without a quality preschool experience, children from low income backgrounds
face a bleak future. Of an average kindergarten
class of 20: 11 children will repeat one or more grades; 9 children will be
identified in need of special education with an IQ of <85; 7 children will
be destined to commit 5 or more crimes and require incarceration; 16 children
will not have the skills necessary for post secondary education and 11 children
will not graduate from high school.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council herby goes on record as requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to ensure that any authorized lottery is designed in such a manner as to ensure that a designated portion of the lottery will be available to fund early childhood education programs for those most at risk four year olds. Further such programs must adhere to the Tennessee State Board of Education Policies and Guidelines for early childhood education programs.
Section 2. That the Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a certified copy of this Resolution to each member of the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly.
Section 3. That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Bob Bogen, Carolyn Baldwin Tucker
|Referred to:||Education Committee|
|Introduced:||March 18, 2003|
|Adopted:||March 18, 2003|
|Returned Unsigned by Mayor:||March 21, 2003|