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Yes. [Laughter] Yes, it didn't surprise me. While you've been
on the Board of Regents, have the Regents taken a great deal of
interest in Head Start and early preparation for five-year-olds?
Yes. In fact, they're coming back to that. Commissioner
[Gordon] Ambach is very strong on the position that the schools should
start for four-year-olds. The problem there, I guess, is an economic
one. But he's very strong. And that's another thing I saw in
Richmond, that they do have a few schools where the children are pre-kindergarten.
They claim that this is a very positive thing. I mean,
in terms of their academic performance later on. But we haven't yet
established that in New York State and New York City.
Isn't there a new plan just announced within the last couple of
weeks for New York City?
New York City.
I guess that [Mayor Ed] Koch has involved himself in it and the
Board of Education. The TIMES editorially supported it.
Yes. It's taking over the Head Start concept into the public
schools, which will be very good.
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