With Oklahoma City teacher watching, President Barack Obama mentions Oklahoma's priority on early childhood education

Susan Bumgarner, who has been teaching prekindergarten students for 20 years, sits with first lady Michelle Obama in U.S. House gallery for president's speech
by Chris Casteel Published: February 13, 2013
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In his speech, President Barack Obama proposed making “high-quality preschool available to every child in America.”

He said, “In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job and form more stable families of their own.

“So let's do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”

Just before heading to the White House for a pre-speech tour, Bumgarner said she was looking forward to “every little thing” about the night. “I'm just beside myself,” she said. “It's just amazing.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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