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Vt. lawmakers hope to expand access to early education

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont legislators hope to decrease cost and increase academic achievement by expanding access to early education.

About 84 percent of Vermont towns already publicly fund pre-K, with about 38 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in those towns enrolled in those programs.

Legislators say it would cost about $1.2 million to make pre-K available statewide and boost the enrollment rate to 60 percent.

"Early education is really an investment, this is one strong attempt that has been proven to bend the cost curve of education across the country and even within our state," said Rep. Sarah Buxton, D-Royalton.

Buxton says the greatest savings resulting from pre-K spending can be seen in special education, remedial classes and retention efforts.

The measure is expected to be voted on in the House Friday.

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