Appearing on CSPAN’s 'Washington Journal' on Friday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that she opposes President Obama’s proposal for universal pre-school education because it would mean "more paperwork" (video below).
According to ThinkProgress.org, Rep. Blackburn also claimed that pre-school education funded by the federal government would somehow interfere with teaching and parenting: "Let 'em educate children, let 'em teach."
“You know, I had an email from a teacher as [Obama] was giving the speech, someone I’ve known for a long time and it was, ‘Are you kidding me? More paperwork?’” Blackburn said.
"And I think so many of our educators when they hear about these programs coming from the federal government, they’re just thinking, uh, that’s another book of paperwork that I’m going to have to do and teachers are so weighed down with that. The teachers I’m talking about, they want state and local control…They would just like the states with control of education."
According to a White House fact sheet, the states actually would have significant control under Obama's pre-school plan: "The U.S. Department of Education will allocate dollars to states based their share of four year olds from low and moderate-income families and funds would be distributed to local school districts and other partner providers to implement the program."