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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you favor or oppose mandatory pre-kindergarten schooling for all children in America beginning at age 4?

President Obama renewed his call for expanded early childhood education in his State of the Union address last week.
               
While most Americans appear to agree with the President that mandatory early childhood education is likely to improve student performance, many are unwilling to pay any extra money to fund it.
               
The President has proposed spending $75 billion over the next decade to pay for it.
               
And Sen. Tom Harkin, and Reps. George Miller and Richard Hanna have introduced companion bills to make it happen.
               
In President Obama's plan... the $75 billion federal price tag is just the down payment.
               
States would have to find matching funds -  10 percent of the federal funding in the first year, but rising to 300 percent of federal spending by year 10.
               
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of adults favor mandatory pre-kindergarten schooling for all children in America beginning at age four.
               
But forty-three percent (43%) oppose such a requirement.
Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

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