The problem: Big gaps in preparation for students entering school, one key cause of the achievement gap.
The solution: Expanding access to high quality pre-K education. In a new paper, PPI analyst Sara Mead explains how policymakers can wed the liberal call for greater preschool investments to the conservative call to reform existing programs to raise standards and offer more children quality academic preparation.
Yes, yes, yes, Eduwonk knows there are exceptions to this characterization on both sides of the debate, but it’s a good synopsis of the general contours. If you’re hungry for more nuance, read the damn paper!