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Published February 02, 2013, 04:49 PM

Clay County officials tackle some major early education issues

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Clay County legislators say now is the time to put more money into early education.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- Clay County legislators say now is the time to put more money into early education.

Over bacon and eggs at Moorhead's Fry'n Pan this morning, lawmakers shared ideas to tackle major issues this session. One of those ideas is to fund all-day kindergarten.

Governor Dayton proposed putting 40 million into early childhood education.

Lawmakers say every one of those dollars comes back in increased reading skills, graduation rates, and more.

St. Sen. Kent Eken says, "To reach our young people as early as possible, to get them on the right path. It's a very good investment on our future in Minnesota, it saves us money in the long run."

Governor Dayton's proposal won't fully fund all-day kindergarten classes across the state, but creates incentives for schools to start their own programs.

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