Area superintendents are applauding Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing this week of a bill that would include state funding for early childhood education programs in schools.
However, it will be a few years before the money is available.
“It’s monumental,” said Peter Stiepleman, superintendent for Columbia Public Schools.
JEFFERSON CITY — A bill allowing state funding to school districts that provide pre-kindergarten education passed with strong majorities in both legislative chambers despite the concerns of some conservatives that it gives “government schools” more power over young minds.
JEFFERSON CITY — State Rep. John Wright was appointed vice chairman of the House Ethics Committee, which reviews complaints of misconduct or unethical behavior against House members.
The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would provide state funding for preschool programs. The approval marks the first time a "significant piece of early childhood legislation has been passed by either chamber," Rep. John Wright, D-Rocheport, said.
"I think it was a very special moment for education, to see such broad-based and bipartisan support of early childhood education in Missouri," Wright said.