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Let's Help Pre-K Children Succeed, Not Expel Them

Diana Rauner and Maria Whelan

Chicago Tribune

May 8, 2017

"When we expel 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds, we are setting them up for a life where they are much more likely to be ill-prepared for elementary school and among those most at risk for school failure. Children who don't attend quality early learning programs are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, more likely to be arrested for violent crimes (70 percent more likely in Chicago), more likely to become teen parents and less likely to be employed than peers who attended preschool."