Vallay Varro was a founding state executive director. She now serves as the president of 50CAN.

Governor Dayton released his budget for FY 2012-13 yesterday, which increases spending on E-12 education. Perhaps more interesting than the increase in dollars he wants to spend on public education, however, is how he wants to spend them. Most notably, the Governor’s proposal includes investing in a Pre-K rating system, which would help parents searching for high-quality preschools for their children.

There’s quite a bit of research showing that high-quality preschool programs can make a huge difference in putting children on a path to academic success. But right now parents have no roadmap to distinguish between high- and low-quality programs. Creating a rating system will enable parents to make smart decisions about which preschool their child attends, which will clear the path to academic success in the long term.

Our second campaign goal is off to a good start, but like opening new paths to teacher certification, the battle is not won yet. The legislature still needs to approve of the Governor’s plan, which is why we need your support; join the movement to find out how you can support the campaign goals here.


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