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With state Republicans taking control of the House again, the early childhood education committee is no more.
Instead, Republicans have restructured committees with an emphasis on higher education finance, leaving early education proponents on the other side of the aisle grasping at efforts to maintain focus on closing the state's achievement gap.
Apparently, the realignment of education priorities along party lines comes up with every power shift in the House. The early childhood committee emerged in 2007 while Democrats reigned, then Republicans did away with it the first time when they captured the majority in 2010. Democrats resurrected the committee in 2012, and so it goes.More »