By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii voters rejected allowing public money to be spent on private preschool programs but supporters of the ballot measure say they're glad the campaign raised public awareness of early childhood education.
Good Beginnings Alliance Executive Director Deborah Zysman says more people are now talking about preschool's importance.
The group led a campaign for a yes vote for the question posed to voters in Tuesday's general election.
Supporters contend a public-private partnership is a cost-effective way to help children in a state where nearly half enter kindergarten without any preschool.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association objected, saying it would lead to vouchers to attend expensive private preschools.
Now both sides say they want to see how the other devotes resources into finding a way to achieve public preschool.