Last week, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Ready to Learn Act, a bill that would provide competitive federal matching grants for state pre-kindergarten programs and support states wanting to expand existing early childhood systems.
Two weeks earlier, Sen. Murray, along with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), sponsored a briefing about Parents as Teachers. One of the speakers was Stanton Lawrence, superintendent of Normandy School District outside St. Louis. “Of Missouri’s 524 school districts, none has a higher concentration of African-American students than Normandy. And while that statistic alone does not spell failure,” he told legislators, “nearly 84% of these students come from families living in poverty.” That’s where Parents as Teachers comes in. Listen.