“I went to preschool and my kids went to preschool,” he said. “I have a hard time believing that that is what made my kids or me successful in life.” -- John Bayard Taylor Campbell III, at left, a CPA and five-term Republican Congressman from Irvine, as quoted by Lillian Mongeau, early ed reporter for EdSource. Campbell did not disclose the name of his preschool, but his high school was the Harvard School, a 113-year-old private (at that time, not co-ed) boys' school, located on the grounds of the old Hollywood Country Club in Coldwater Canyon.
June 17, 2013: This morning, you need look no further than Lillian Mongeau's early ed post on EdSource for your daily cup of outrage adrenaline. An excerpt:
...not one of the people [US Dept of Education Secretary Arne Duncan] and preschool advocates most need to convince – Republican senators and House representatives – has publicly stepped forward to support the plan...[that] calls for a hike in the federal tobacco tax, through Congress.
“Why, with all the pressure on K-12, would you want to fund another year of taxpayer funded education?” asked Rep. John Campbell, R–Irvine. “To me, that’s fiscal insanity.”
Of the 15 California Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, 11 have been publicly silent on the issue. Only four – Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Dana Rohrabacher, R-Newport Beach; Doug LaMalfa, R-Redding; and Campbell – responded to requests for comment. All four were strongly opposed to increasing federal spending to support public preschool.
“I oppose funding an expansion of federal programs by raising taxes,” Calvert said through a spokesperson. “While there’s no doubt preschool and early childhood education are important to the development of American children, I believe states and local governments should continue to be primarily responsible for these efforts.”
Campbell said that in addition to his unwillingness to authorize additional federal spending, he was unconvinced of the benefits of public preschool. He said he put more stock in a family’s commitment to education...