""The fact that we don't lead the world in providing access to high-quality early learning opportunities doesn't make sense. Outside of Washington, this has become an unbelievably bipartisan issue. Ffrom the Left to Governor Abbot in Texas just last week, his first priority -- a strong conservative governor -- his first priority is increasing early childhood education. It's beautiful. That's music to my ears. And so we just have to get folks here in Washington to listen to what's going on back home."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
March 4, 2015