US Education chief praises Minn. preschool funding

8:09 PM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has praised Minnesota's newest funding for early education during a trip to the Twin Cities.

Duncan visited a Bloomington preschool Tuesday to drum up support for President Barack Obama's "Preschool for All" initiative.

Minnesota devoted more money in the just-ended legislative session to initiatives including all-day kindergarten.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Duncan says funding quality preschool will boost kindergarten readiness, close the achievement gap and improve the future economic prospects of everyone.

Obama has proposed $75 billion in new funding over 10 years that would fund preschool for low- and middle-income while increasing pay for early educators to help ensure high-quality programs. The White House has proposed a cigarette tax increase of 94 cents per pack to pay for the program.


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