Re "Revenue up, stirs effort to ease cuts" (Page A1, May 6): When it comes to restoring the safety net, preschool for low-income kids should be first on the list. As police chief, I've seen it firsthand: high-quality early education can be the difference between a high school diploma or a life of poverty and crime.
Children who enter kindergarten ready to learn become successful students, making it more likely that they will graduate from high school, avoid crime, and become productive members of society. Studies show that high-quality preschool boosts high school graduation rates and children who do not attend high-quality preschool are far more likely to commit violent crimes.
Early education is one of the highest returns on public investment; every $1 invested can save up to $16, primarily by reducing crime-related expenditures. We must reinvest in early education today to keep our streets safe and help children succeed in the long run.
-- Robert M. Lehner, Elk Grove police chief, Elk Grove