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Feb 17, 2011 9:33 AM by Marnee Banks (KXLH Helena)

Juneau asks Legislature to keep K-12 funding

HELENA - Montana Superintendent of Public Schools Denise Juneau told lawmakers on Wednesday that they need to restore funding to K-12 education.

During her State of Education Address she told lawmakers that education is the key to economic success. Juneau says by funding education the legislature addresses issues of poverty and unemployment.

"Prioritizing and investing in public education during this session is imperitive. Public education is still the great equalizer in America," Juneau said in her speech.

"It is open to all, to every child that walks through the door, no matter their ability, zip code, heritage, or economic background."

Juneau asked the legislature to fund K-12 education at the level the Governor proposed and to avoid unnecessary cuts.

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