Educators Push for Increase in Pre-K Funding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A push to increase Pre-K funding kicked off at the State Capitol Wednesday. 
 
Educators from across Arkansas talked about how some Pre-K programs could be forced to close since there hasn't been a permanent increase in funding in 10 years. 
 
Forward Arkansas recommends a $20 million investment to not only keep Pre-K alive but also thriving. 
 
The associate director says for every dollar spent on Pre-K, the state would get 13 percent back.
 
"This is putting our money on the front end and seeing our economy grow and seeing huge returns that can be spread out to help other areas and even put back into the economy in the longterm," Cory Biggs, the Forward Arkansas Associate Director, said. 
 
Lawmakers have filed a shell bill based on the data to get the ball rolling. 

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