News release from the Jack Morris for State Senate District 15 campaign:
Morris lauds Allen County pre-K pilot, pledges to build from progress
(July 24, 2014) – Candidate for State Senate District 15 Jack Morris released the following statement after Allen County was named one of five Indiana counties to lead the state’s preschool pilot program.
“I’m pleased to hear our state is at last moving forward with establishing early education in Indiana.
“I’m equally pleased Allen County was selected as part of the pilot. I know our community is up to the challenge of developing a program that nurtures lifelong learning.
“I’ve pledged to support good ideas, no matter if they’re Republican or Democrat. The governor is right to begin investing in quality early education and I’m committed to building on this progress and ensuring we put our kids on the path to success.
“We know a quality early education is critical in building future classroom success. Study after study confirms students with a quality pre-K education graduate more often and earn more over their lifetime. In addition, the state saves taxpayer dollars through this investment in our children.
“While this is a promising first step, I’m concerned the governor and his colleagues calling this a pilot program will lead to delay in developing a comprehensive preschool program for all of our children. We’ve delayed long enough. Mississippi is moving faster on establishing quality preschool choices.
“The path to education success requires, in addition to integrating early childhood education into education plans right now, a rich curriculum, support for full-day kindergarten, productive class sizes, freeing teachers to teach, supporting our teachers and helping public schools succeed without unfair labels from inappropriate testing.