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Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is all-day kindergarten convert

May 7, 2006View for printing

Ask Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer 15 months ago where he thought the best bang for the buck in education would be and he would have said two-year colleges and efforts to train or retrain workers so they can stay in Montana and earn a living.

But at a meeting with The Missoulian’s editorial board Friday Schweitzer admitted he’s changing his tune a bit. While he still believes in the importance of targeting education to job skills, he now thinks all-day kindergarten should become another major emphasis in the state as well as the nation as a whole.

By BILL SCHWANKE of Missoulian.com

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Schweitzer pleased with progress of education in state

By JOHN DORAN of the Missoulian

Gov. Brian Schweitzer toured Missoula on Friday, touting his newfound belief in the importance of strong kindergarten programs and the optimism he - and many Montanans - have in the state's progress.

In a discussion with the Missoulian editorial board, Schweitzer acknowledged a change in his focus on education, joining a nationwide trend to push for all-day kindergarten.

“When the Legislature comes back to town, we're going to push and run a couple of things. One of them is very straightforward and it's education,” the governor said. * Schweitzer's educational emphasis has been on higher education, in particular two-year trade programs.

“As we are changing the economy in Montana, we want to be able to rapidly retrain adults,” he said, giving businesses the tools to train folks for relevant job opportunities.

He still believes in that, but his ideas on the “best bang for the buck” in education have changed.

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