A quality education – from the early childhood through college – is of paramount importance for both the child and for the future of the Commonwealth and of our country.

One of the first pieces of legislation that I introduced when I arrived in the U.S. Senate was a bill to expand early childhood education.

Study after study shows that investments in pre-K are not just good for the child but good for the Commonwealth and good for the country. The federal government must increase funding for Head Start—not cut it—and help states in their efforts to establish quality pre-K programs so all children—no matter their background—can enter our schools ready to learn.

One of the upcoming debates in the Congress will be on revising the No Child Left Behind law. One thing that is clear is that Washington must stop its gross under-funding of No Child Left Behind and give states more flexibility in meeting their goals.

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