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Mehlville Superintendent Addresses Free, Full-Day Kindergarten

video from Superintendent Knost explaining the tuition-free kindergarten plan under consideration

Dr. Eric Knost, superintendent of the Mehlville School District, explains the district's plans for its kindergarten program and how it will affect families.

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PaulRevere October 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Are there enough Tuitioned Kindergarten Programs available for parents? Is competition with taxpayer Dollars Fair? The phrase "Tuition Free" is emphasized by Mr. Knost. Just because the state pays for it, does not mean it's "Free". Each and every Resident will eventually pay for all these so-called "Tuition Free" public programs. Mr. Knost states it is "tuition free" over 10 times in this 4 minute video. WHY? Certainly reminds me of the Sales pitch "BUY-One Get ONE FREE". There is a "COST" to all of us. Paying State taxes does not make Kindergarten FREE for any school district. Residents who would use school buses--Lunches and Union Teacher wages will soon be facing Higher Property taxes as ALL taxpayers will be hit with the "REAL COST" of Kindegarten. When will our public schools stop competing with already avaliable Education to residents. Mr. Knost should spend more time in negotiating LOWER Wages/Pensions to teach/educate our students. "Cost per child" of Kindergarten would be better information than saying "Tuition Free". How about coming up with per child cost to run Kindergarten (including Buses, lunches, if any). Let's stop the "F" word "Free". Let's stop pretending that "tuition Free" does not mean "Cost Free". I am offended every time any school official utters the "FREE" word. Are Buses, lunches, Football, tennis courts really EDUCATION? Using taxpayer funds to compete is "unfair" and must be stopped. Does any Resident see my point?
PaulRevere October 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Wish the phrase "Tuition Free" were not used. Kindergarten paid by STATE TAX funds is "NOT FREE" to any Missouri or Mehlville Resident or Business. Why must Mr. Knost use the "F" word (Free) over 10 times in his video here? Knost seems to promote the "Free" word like the auto salesman who promotes a new "volt" for $35,000 while the Taxpayers pay the hidden extra $8,000 real cost to the dealer. ($43,000 real volt cost to society). Nothing comes "free". SO , please justify your Public Programs by telling your district residents the "truth"> A simple question- What is the actual "BUDGETED-COST" per child to run this "so-called Free" K-Program. This way , All residents could make intelligent decisions on how your so-called "Tuition Free" K-program compares with other "tuition-free" programs available throughout the communities. PARENTS!!!--I would especially warn all Baptists, Evangelists, Lutherans, Catholics etc who currently offer K-school to put a stop to this ever expanding Government role in unfairly competing with "education" in America. If Mr. Knost wants to offer public Kindergarten, than he should not label it "Free". That is a total distortion of the truth. He should tuition it based on Income capability of the Family. Too many families are already "freeloading" public education. It costs $8,500 per student in Mehlville. Kindergarten should be INCOME based Tuitioned. Every Smoker, Casino, Individual/Business property owner will be paying big-time for K.

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