Rep. Greg Hughes (R-Draper) says he’s not surprised his plan to expand preschool education to at-risk kids has run into some opposition, but he’s confident once people understand what he’s trying to do, it will pass.
“The public private partnership is the model, where private investors put their money and invest in at-risk kids. If those kids get through kindergarten and sixth grade without intervention, we reimburse the investor,” says Hughes. “It’s a way to invest dollars the state does not have. It does not expand government into 3 and 4 year olds. It is a reimbursement back if we can manage a massive cost-avoidance to the state.”