Sometimes, you have to wonder if the Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, has been nipping at the cooking sherry.
This is from a story in Raleigh’s News & Observer based on an interview Tillis gave to the paper yesterday:
“He said some children who haven’t received the education they need early in life are being wasted as productive members of society.
‘I’m absolutely certain that some number of those people who are being lost were lost before they ever get out of third grade,’ Tillis said. ‘They didn’t have early childhood development opportunities. They didn’t have the core ability to read by third grade. They didn’t have the skills they needed to be educated past third grade.'”
This is from the same man who presided over a budget that slashes early childhood funding and transforms the state’s excellent pre-K program, More at Four from a free, education-based program into a fee-based childcare program.