Associated Press, Published July 13 2013
US education chief headed to Minnesota for preschool pitchST. PAUL – Minnesota is getting a visit from the nation’s education chief as he makes a pitch for expanded government spending on early childhood learning programs.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans multiple events in Minnesota on Tuesday. His office said Friday that he would tour a preschool in Minneapolis and hold a town hall forum there. Later, he was planning remarks at a national gathering of teachers, with a focus on readiness standards.
Duncan’s concentration on early education dovetails with President Barack Obama’s proposal to boost federal spending on those learning programs. Under the proposal, Minnesota would see a
$39 million allowance. That would combine with new state dollars earmarked for preschool initiatives.
Gov. Mark Dayton plans to join Duncan for part of his visit.