Dear Summit neighbor:

At last week’s Board of Education meeting, my opponent David Dietze asserted that all families who want to participate in Full-Day Kindergarten here in Summit have been able to do so.  

While this sounds like a simple statement of fact, it is actually an assumption, and one that I have reason to believe is incorrect. He assumes that the fact that there is no waiting list means that every family who would like to send their child to FDK can. 

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Mr. Dietze seems to forget that this may be a financial decision, given that the tuition is over $7,000 per year.  He assumes that the families who don’t enter the lottery do not have an interest in the program.

Both common sense and my personal experience tell me that these assumptions are false.  Of course there are families in Summit who value the full day program for their children but cannot enter the lottery given the cost of the tuition.

If elected to Council, I promise to give this issue the attention and analysis it deserves, and come up with a proposal that is fiscally responsible while also addressing our current inequity of service.  

Beth Little is the Democratic candidate for Summit Common Council, At-Large.