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The Case for Charter Preschools

Pre-K education would benefit from expanded competition and innovation.
Everyone can benefit from attending preschool.

Everyone can benefit from attending preschool.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

It's a fairly straightforward proposition: If better preschools can help children succeed, and charter schools can help improve public education, then why not charter preschools?

Except it's not that simple. The consensus in favor of universal pre-K may be nearly unanimous, but there's no such agreement about charters. In fact, preschool education could benefit from the competition and innovation that charter schools are well-suited to provide.