ATLANTA (AP) - President Barack Obama singled out Georgia's early childhood education program in his State of the Union address.
But a closer look at the state's program shows it has stumbled to meet its goal of enrolling every child in pre-K since it made that a priority two decades ago.
Obama is set to visit an early childhood learning center near Atlanta on Thursday, perhaps to make a case for the benefits of universal pre-k. The president says the initiative could help reduce teen pregnancy, violent crime and lead to more students graduating from high school.
Georgia made a commitment to universal pre-K in 1995 but it's been a slow climb, with about 60% of children currently enrolled. And Georgia's high school graduation rate is among the lowest in the nation.
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