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Casey Unveils Pre-K Bill with Star-Studded Press Conference

Casey GarnerSenator Bob Casey has been fighting for universal pre-K for years, but he hopes this bill may be the chance to finally accomplish it. Yesterday Senator Casey introduced the “Strong Start for American Children Act” at a major press event in the U.S. Capitol.

To bring attention to the legislation, the Senator held a press conference in the Capitol with top lawmakers as well as featured actress Jennifer Garner, who spoke about the importance of early childhood education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling were also in attendance.

“One of the most important steps we can take for our economy and our children is to invest in early education,” Casey said. “Having access to pre-K will better prepare our children in an increasingly competitive global economy. Every child deserves a chance to develop their talents, and pre-K is essential to doing that.”

The bill focuses on accomplishing four important goals: boosting funding for high-quality preschool programs serving low- and moderate-income families; increasing the quality of infant and toddler care offered by providers; supporting broad-scale quality improvements to child care programs; and encouraging continued support for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program.

In a statement announcing the legislation, Senator Casey’s office noted that only 16.5% of Pennsylvania’s 3 and 4-year olds are enrolled in publicly funded pre-K.

It is difficult to determine how likely it is that this bill will be taken up by Congress, which has been severely gridlocked for the past few years. Casey, however, attempted to make the case that this legislation is of national importance.

“There is reflexive ideological resistance to any new initiative or any new investment,” Casey said. “But that we can be the kind of nation we aspire to be without a commitment to early learning doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

8 Responses

  1. Other than rubber stamping every Pelosi spending bill what, exactly, has Casey ever accomplished?

    This cradle to grave indoctrination Obama, Duncan, and others in this administration is just one more venue to “transform America.”

    Expand government, expand unions, and offer up even more children to be baptized in the fountain of Common Core? No. Not now, not ever.

  2. Forget about Stalin and look to Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler for your early education needs.
    “When an opponent declares,
    ‘I will not come over to your side.’
    I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already…
    What are you? You will pass on.
    Your descendants, however,
    now stand in the new camp.
    In a short time they will know nothing
    else but this new community.’” Adolf Hitler
    Need I say more.

  3. Marx was German. Nice try though. That just exposes the fact that you have never read The Communist Manifesto or Das Kapital (that second book by Marx that our school kids have no idea about). And yes, the government has become more terrifying than any “boogie man” figure. Nice mentioning of your feelings towards the Bible, and you are very happy that North Korea executed those Christians, I imagine, correct? Mother Russia was the core, but Eastern Europe was her conglomeration of colonies and annexations, considering my ancestors fled those colonies. Considering Soviet history has been censored out of our history classes in our education system (gee, I wonder why?) by govt. employed teachers and their UNIONS, any freedom lover has the right to fear govt. Pre-K for their children, especially if its run by any filthy stooge loyal to Comrade Obama. The way you raise a Red Guard is through INDOCTRINATING the children.

  4. Joe, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the USSR actually collapsed decades ago. So that is one clear way to tell the difference between the two “countries” – one is still around. Also the USSR wasn’t even a “country”, but rather – and this is a shock – a Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, etc.. Sigh.

    I know – this news is a surprise. But when you recover, please realize this means that your outdated, tired, and unsubstantiated comparison really made about as much as sense as believing literally in the fairy tails like the ones written in The Bible.

    Somehow, Joe, I genuinely doubt that supporting education for kids is something Lenin would spearheaded. I can make that claim based on fundamental knowledge of history – it’s a fascinating subject which I really recommend.

    Lenin, Marx and the other “scary Russians” you’ve lumped together in a clear attempt to make government sound like the boogie man – well, good job Joe. I’m sure the masses are terrified of the education their kids may get – run, everyone! Teachers paid by a government are coming to educate your young kids! Run and hide!

    Your comparisons and statements were weak, flawed, and not worth the pixels they will display on anyone’s screen (which, by the way, was tested for basic safety so it wouldn’t electrocute you, by a government board or government inspector of some sort.. equally scary to think about, I know). Have a great day, comrade Joe!

  5. Another Soviet style policy. I tell you libs, you guys are setting it up so I can’t tell the difference between the USA and USSR. I congratulate you for coming more out of the closet and into the open. All the useful idiots running around in this country. Lets make some new fairy-tales derived out of Marx and Engels for our Pre-K kids to ensure they can be the next generation of Vladimir Lenin’s useful idiots.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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