Dallas Morning News (reprinted in the AZ Daily Star) featured a story on the importance of early childhood education. Here is an example of what happens to children growing up in an impoverished environment.
... In the 1980s, two researchers named Betty Hart and Todd Risley found 42 families in Kansas willing to be observed for months at a time for several years. The researchers concluded that children in the poor families heard about 30 million fewer words in the first four years of life than those in wealthier families. And follow-up work indicated that there was an education achievement gap that seemed to be associated with the word gap.
Fred DuVal gets it. From his education plan: "When children have access to early education, they develop a foundation that paves the way for life- long learning and achievement." Investing in early childhood education is a first step toward preparing the workforce of the future that AZ so desperately needs.
Fred gets it. Ducey doesn't.