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Document Number: 9646

The Cost Burden to Minnesota K-12 When Children Are Unprepared for Kindergarten - Researchers in Minnesota released an analysis of the savings the state's K-12 system would forgo if the poorest young children don't have access to high-quality pre-k programs and arrive at kindergarten underprepared. The savings considered include fewer special education placements, less grade retention, less teacher turnover and absenteeism, and less additional support necessary for English Language Learners. The researchers estimated that the K-12 system would begin when the first cohort of pre-k children enter kindergarten. In the 15th year, when the students reach 12th grade, the annual K-12 savings would total $113 million, or about a third of the annual cost of the pre-k program. (Wilder Research, December 2008)...

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