Testimony on Commission Recommendation to Invest in Pre-k, Early Literacy

Testimony to the House Public Education Committee on the School Finance Commission’s Recommendations to the 86th Legislature

We urge lawmakers to follow the School Finance Commission's lead by ensuring full-day, high-quality pre- k is one of the centerpieces of the school finance plan approved this session. Following on the State Board of Education’s call for full-day pre-k funding, the Commission's call for a $1.4 billion investment in improving early literacy is just another example of the rapidly building momentum for boosting pre-k funding this session. Although there will be debate about how to best distribute funding among districts, there should be no debate about the need to make this investment in early education.