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Improving Education Is A Priority for Local Lawmakers

State Senator's Dave Koehler Jason Barickman visited the WMBD studios Thursday to share their thoughts on a major point in Gov. Quinn's State of the State address.

PEORIA – WMBD is your local election headquarters. On Thursday, two of our local lawmakers visited WMBD to talk about a major sticking point in Governor Quinn’s State of the State address.


Along with jobs and the economy, Gov. Pat Quinn spoke about education.


He unveiled a new Birth to Five initiative, aiming to improve the state’s early childhood education system.


Another focus is on making college more affordable through the Monetary Assistance Program, or MAP grants.


State Senator's Dave Koehler and Jason Barickman believe education is a priority, but it all comes back to finances.


Koehler said, “He clearly put the emphasis on early childhood education because that's a good investment. If we don't invest in that area and I think we get a good return on our investment there, then we'll pay for it later on in other ways.”


Barickman said, “Early childhood education programs, great investment for our state to make as an example. The bigger issue here is what we are going to do with the state's funding formula that drives the resources to our local school districts.”


The Governor plans to share more details on funding next month in his Budget address.


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