Education is a top priority for me. I am a proud graduate of the Pascagoula Public School System and have two young children currently in school there. Through my work chairing the Excel By 5 Pascagoula Coalition, I have seen the difference early education and early reading programs can make. Educated school ready children are the key to our future and our economic vitality. It is time for Mississippi to join the ranks of other forward thinking states and make pre-kindergarten programs available to every child in our state. I believe this is one of a number of workable solutions available that will enhance our children's learning achievements and test scores without creating a hardship for taxpayers. My ultimate hope is to bring education to the forefront in our state and create a paradigm shift as to how we value education at all levels. Ultimately, I see Mississippi children and students setting the standard for education, not measuring up to it.