Legislative priorities supported by Des Moines Public Schools in 2022:
Board approved 2/1/22

EXPAND PRESCHOOL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN IN NEED: The Community Legislative Action Team recommends an increase in weighted funding in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) for children living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Our data shows that children who attend preschool are better prepared for kindergarten than those who do not, both academically and socially. Only 29% of kindergarten students who did not attend preschool met Fall kindergarten reading assessment benchmarks. When a child is living in poverty, the number drops to 24%. If a child attends preschool, they are more than twice as likely to meet reading benchmarks. Children living in poverty are almost three-times as likely to meet reading benchmarks if they attend preschool. Preschool evens the playing field for students now! The time children spend in preschool programs is used to develop a foundation for a lifetime of learning – and that matters!
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EXPAND SSA FUNDING FOR STUDENTS IN POVERTY: The Community Legislative Action Team recommends changing the state per pupil funding allocation to recognize at-risk student challenges by providing additional weighting in the foundation formula for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch.
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