Preschool education is a smart investment for the future. That’s true whether it’s made by the federal government, states or parents.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan brought the federal proposal — Preschool for All — to Santa Fe earlier this week. President Barack Obama suggested $75 billion toward preschool education in his State of the Union address, although it’s hard to predict whether Congress will include it in the final 2014 budget. Republicans don’t like that Obama wants to fund preschool by raising the tax on tobacco; we’re just pleased that the president has a way to pay for the program. Closer to home, Gov. Susana Martinez has committed $13.7 million to public school pre-K programs in New Mexico. She understands that children benefit from preschool preparation.
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