Matt Bevin Doubles Down On Opposition To Early Childhood Education
Posted August 19, 2015
At an appearance today with members of the Jefferson County Public School Board, Matt Bevin doubled down on his well documented opposition to early childhood education programs like Head Start:
Previously, Bevin stated that early childhood education programs like Head Start “serve no purpose,” and then attempted to deny that he had been critical of early childhood education.
"Matt Bevin continues to prove why Republicans labelled him an 'East Coast Con Man' and why Kentuckians cannot trust him when it comes to critical issues like early childhood education," said David Bergstein of the Kentucky Democratic Party. "Bevin's views about early childhood education are not only inaccurate, they are offensive to Kentucky's teachers and students -- but at least he's telling the truth to this group about his opposition to these vital programs."
One week ago, Kentucky teachers held a press conference call condemning Bevin's dishonesty on early childhood education:
"I can tell you firsthand that investing in early childhood education is one of the most important things we can do to prepare our students not only for lifelong learning, but also for lifelong success,” said Jane Elkin Thomas, a retired early childhood education teacher who taught for 22 years. “That’s why it was so disappointing to hear Matt Bevin say that he believes that early childhood education programs like Head Start ‘serve no purpose.’ Bevin’s views are not only wrong — they are incredibly offensive to Kentucky’s teachers, students and their families. Now Bevin is making it even worse by trying to lie about what he said. That’s why for teachers, the choice in this election is clear: we’re backing Jack Conway.”
“Matt Bevin likes to say that you couldn’t find a single Head Start teacher who says this program works. Well, I’ve worked in Head Start for years, and I’m here to tell Matt Bevin that this program provides an amazing benefit for our students and for our entire society,” said Jennifer Hawkins, a Head Start teacher who has been working early childhood education since 1992. “We’ve seen the footage of Matt Bevin saying that early childhood education programs ‘serve no purpose,’ and his recent denial only underscores that we can’t trust him. Jack Conway has been clear that he is a strong supporter of expanding and supporting vital early education programs. And most importantly, we can trust Jack Conway to say what he means.”