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DESE moves ahead with early childhood effort

DESE moves ahead with early childhood effort

September 21st, 2011 in News

State senators last week sent a letter and a resolution, telling Gov. Jay Nixon, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro and the Missouri Board of Education to "cease and desist from taking any further action on" an effort to seek federal funding for early childhood education programs.

But Tuesday morning, the state board voted 6-1 to authorize the Elementary and Secondary Education department staff to continue working with other state agencies on the federal government's "Race to the Top" grant program, which could win Missouri $60 million.

The newest board member, Michael Jones of St. Louis, also won approval of a plan to prepare a response to the Legislature, explaining the importance of improving early childhood education whether or not the state wins the federal grant.