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Six Months After Sobering Study, Bill to Up Pre-K Quality Heads to Governor’s Desk

When Tennessee’s public pre-kindergarten program was found lacking last year in a nationally scrutinized study, advocates of early childhood education braced for a legislative agenda this year that might scrap the initiative.

Instead, lawmakers passed a bill Monday evening designed to make Tennessee’s pre-K classrooms stronger, albeit without additional money to help achieve the goals. The measure also would put the onus on local districts to address some of the findings of the Vanderbilt University study.