Opportunity News: Debating the Merits of Early Ed and Common Core•
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For a new perspective on restoring the promise of the American Dream, read U.S. Senator Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) speech to the Heritage Foundation on Nov. 13. While criticizing previous efforts, including President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Senator Lee is asking the Republican Party to embrace “a new, comprehensive anti-poverty agenda that not only corrects – but transcends – existing policies,” and that will empower poor families.
According to the Five Years Fund, both Republican and Democratic voters support the expansion of high-quality preschool. Yet debate about the costs and merits of such expansion persist.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor at The Nation magazine, writes about how “red” state Oklahoma is “schooling the nation on early education.”