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U.S., Arizona Boost Pre-K Funding In Last School Year

Funding for pre-kindergarten programs was up nationwide in the 2017-2018 school year — that’s according to a new analysis by the group Education Commission of the States.

All together, states spent more than $256 million more than the previous year — that’s a 3.4 percent increase. In Arizona, that funding increase was a little less than $2 million.

With The Show to talk more about all of this was Bruce Atchison. He’s a principal at ECS, where he oversees early childhood education programs and is one of the lead authors of the new report on pre-K funding.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.