(HB 1689 sponsored by Kathryn Swan (R-Cape Girardeau))
A parade of representatives from education and business groups came forward during a hearing Wednesday morning to voice support for a bill that aims to provide school district with state funding for preschool programs. More... - http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/education/speakers-support-measure-that-woul...)
(from The Columbia Tribune)
"Workforce development is a critical component of Missouri's economic well-being. Investing in early learning is an economic development issue which benefits the entire state." Tyler Nottberg, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Engineering
"In addition to preparing our future workforce, investments in high-quality, early care and education will attract new businesses and skilled labor to Missouri." Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education, Missouri Chamber of Commerce
"Missouri spends over $25 million a year in federal, state and local tax dollars on kindergarten grade repetition. When children have access to high-quality early education, they enter kindergarten ready to learn."Maxine Clark, Founder, Build-A-Bear
"TWO-THIRDS of Missouri's children are not proficient in reading by 4th grade. Children who attend high-quality pre-Kindergarten Have improved K-12 achievement." Teresa Maleday, President, Commerce Bank Central Missouri Region.