Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to tout the Obama administration's new preschool plan during his visit to New Mexico.
On Monday, Duncan is traveling to Santa Fe as part of his back-to-school bus tour. One of his topics will be the president's proposal to spend $75 billion over 10 years to provide preschool for all 4-year-olds in the U.S.
Duncan says he wants to stop playing catch up. He says kids need more educational opportunities.
The program would be funded from tax increases on tobacco products. Initially, the federal government would contribute more. Over time, individual states would take over more of the funding.
New Mexico could receive about $24.5 million in its first year of Preschool for All if it chooses to participate.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com
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