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Republicans want preschool scholarships, not universal pre-K

MPR News, Tim Pugmire, April 14, 2015 LISTEN Story audio4min 14sec On a day when Gov. Mark Dayton returned to a classroom to push his plan for universal preschool for four-year-olds, Republicans in the Minnesota House released an education bill that takes a much different approach. Ignoring Dayton’s $348 million funding proposal for universal pre-K, the […]

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Key committee rejects universal, all-day preschool bill 

Hank Long, Session Daily, February 24, 2015 A bill that would give school districts the opportunity to offer all-day preschool to 4-year-olds stalled Tuesday in the House Education Innovation Policy Committee. Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) began her push for universal, voluntary pre-kindergarten in the public schools during the 2014 legislative session, saying Minnesotans are frustrated […]

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How is preschool for all like a snowball fight?

Mary Turck, News Day, February 8, 2015 What if success at school was like a snowball fight? The kids with thin, raggedy mittens or no mittens at all are at a distinct disadvantage. They’ll be much better able to compete on an equal basis if they have good mittens, so let’s give all kids the […]

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Dayton’s early-ed plan is committed to all children getting off to a strong start

Brenda Cassellius, MinnPost, February 6, 2015 Recent research shows that universal preschool programs are most likely to be effective in identifying and reaching all high-need children and providing them the resources and intensity necessary for them to become better prepared for school. In a recent Community Voices commentary, Art Rolnick (an exemplary expert on early-childhood issues) […]

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An education secretary’s view of Minnesota

Arne Duncan, Star Tribune Commmentary, July 20, 2013 – The best ideas to put children on a path to school success rarely come from Washington, D.C. President Obama has put forward a plan to make high-quality preschool affordable for all children — a vital step in putting young people on a path to a thriving middle […]

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Early education: Money well-spent

Star Tribune Editorial, July 18, 2013 – Is spending on the nation’s littlest learners an investment or an expense? During a visit to Minnesota this week, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a panel of Minnesotans repeatedly and rightly called it an investment. The group — representing business, education, foundations, the military and the faith community — reiterated […]

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Arne Duncan promotes Preschool for All to close ‘opportunity gap’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 16, 2013 – Pity Arne Duncan. No matter the news he’s come to share, whenever the U.S. secretary of education sets foot in Minnesota he’s somehow upstaged by a local. In Bloomington Tuesday morning to promote a White House proposal that could funnel nearly $39 million to Minnesota preschoolers, Duncan drew a […]

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