Republicans Question Bullock Education Program

October 24, 2014 Nemes Education

HELENA – Republican legislators are questioning a strategy by Gov. Steve Bullock for a $37 million early youth education program.The proposal

would make grants readily available to public schools to create or expand programs for 4-year-olds.

Bullock was in Billings Monday to discuss Early Edge Montana and prepared to see Great Falls, Helena, Missoula and Bozeman today to talk about his preschool plan.Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Sen. Llew Jones of Conrad questioned whether the program is the finest use of state cash for education. “We have schools that cannot recruit teachers because their salaries aren’t high enough,” Jones said.”If we’re going to register for a brand-new program with the capacity for development. are we making the wisest investment that’s to be made today?”Republican Rep. Don Jones of Billings asked why the program would not just target”at-risk”children.Montana is one of 8 states without any state financial investment in preschool programs.Studies recommend students who have high quality, early youth education are more most likelymore probable to check out at grade level and graduate from senior high school. They’re likewise less most likely to become teenage moms and dads, need public assistance, abuse medicines or end up in jail.Bullock strategies to include the financing request in the two-year spending plan he provides to the Legislature in November.”The budget plan is a reflection of our values as a state. It paints a photo of what we see as top priorities, “Bullock stated in a news release.”By ensuring top quality, early childhood

education is readily available to every Montana 4 year-old, we’ll show our commitment to the success and well-being of our youngest students, and lays the foundation for financial prosperity for many years to come.”

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