Creating the Virtual Early Learning Pilot Program

H.4792 would create the Virtual Early Learning Pilot Program to provide literacy and numeracy instruction and assessment for preschool children in low income households. The program would be provided via the internet and would be administered by an educational technology provider selected by the State Board of Education through a request for proposals process.

There is no evidence the numerous state and federal preschool programs that are already available in South Carolina produce any benefits that last through a student’s entire primary education. Legislators should be considering scaling back the state’s costly and ineffective preschool programs, not expanding them further.

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