LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stopped in Louisville Thursday. He announced plans for a new national early childhood education initiative. Duncan's pitch centered on investing in youngsters.
Duncan was joined by Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. The round-table discussion was held at St. Benedict Early Childhood Education Center in the West End.
Duncan said the average low income child comes into kindergarten already a year behind. His goal is to double the number of those kids who can get a quality pre-school education. To reach his goal, he would like to fund this early education plan through new federal taxes on tobacco set forth by Congress.
"We want to keep good jobs in this country, we want to have a thriving middle class, the only way we do that is if we have the best educated work force in the world," said Duncan. He said if we educate little ones now, the future of our country will be better.
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