On March 5, Utah lawmakers struck down SB71, Sen. Aaron Osmond's early-education bill to invest in preschool programs to help close the achievement gap for at-risk students.
United Way of Salt Lake has been dedicated to this project, and we are truly disheartened by the outcome. We thank Osmond for his commitment and passion and his colleagues who voted for the bill.
Thousands of Utah families send their children to preschools; thousands more want to enroll their kids in a high-quality program. Unfortunately, many of these families cannot afford this service, yet they also cannot afford to stay home.