In a speech today at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., President Barack Obama stated that an education preparing the nation's children and workers for global competition is a cornerstone of a strong middle class. The President also reaffirmed his commitment to make high-quality preschool available to every four-year-old in America and to spur innovation in schools so they teach the skills required for a high-tech economy.
In response, Gov. Abercrombie stated:
"Education is top priority for my administration. Hawaii's plans for early education aligns with President Obama's vision to make preschool accessible for all four year olds in America.
"A key component of my legislative package, SB 1093 (Act 169) was signed into law this past session, establishing a School Readiness Program that will initially help pay for about 1,000 children to attend preschool in 2014. This is the first time that the state is codifying into law its commitment to preparing young children for success in school.
"In addition, the Hawaii State Department of Education has selected eight schools for its Common Core Digital Curriculum Pilot Project in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The initiative will support the schools' implementation of new digital curricula, incorporating a tablet or laptop for every student and teacher.
"Furthermore, Act 264 will propel the Hawaii Broadband Initiative forward by mandating a clear and decisive timeline for state and county agencies in advancing ultra high-speed Internet access for all the people of Hawaii by 2018.
"Working together with President Obama, our goals are within reach if we make the investment in our children now."