ATLANTA (WAOK) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Atlanta on Friday to visit William Boyd Elementary School and to address the annual meeting of the nation’s black mayors.

Duncan says the Obama administration is committed to finding the money to fund a national expansion of early learning programs and is looking at more than one option to make it happen.

President Obama has proposed spending $75 billion over the next decade for early childhood education. Part of that money is expected to come from higher cigarette taxes.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal joined Duncan during a town hall meeting.

Part of pre-k funding in Georgia comes from money generated by the Georgia Lottery Hope Scholarship. According to the Georgia Lottery since the inception of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, more than $4 billion has been appropriated to send more than 1.2 million four-year-olds to Pre-K programs throughout the state.

Following the school visit Duncan gave a speech before the National Conference of Black Mayors 39th Annual Convention currently meeting in downtown Atlanta.



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