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As School Begins, Teachers Condemn Bevin’s Dishonesty On Early Childhood Education

As school begins in several Kentucky counties, today early childhood education teachers joined Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes on a press conference call to speak out against Matt Bevin’s record of dishonesty on early childhood education and to highlight the contrast between Bevin and Attorney General Jack Conway on this critical issue. 
 
Previously, Bevin stated that early childhood education programs like Head Start “serve no purpose,” and then attempted to deny that he had been critical of early childhood education.
 
"I can tell you firsthand that investing in early childhood education is one of the most important things we can do to prepare our students not only for lifelong learning, but also for lifelong success,” said Jane Elkin Thomas, a retired early childhood education teacher who taught for 22 years. “That’s why it was so disappointing to hear Matt Bevin say that he believes that early childhood education programs like Head Start ‘serve no purpose.’  Bevin’s views are not only wrong — they are incredibly offensive to Kentucky’s teachers, students and their families. Now Bevin is making it even worse by trying to lie about what he said. That’s why for teachers, the choice in this election is clear: we’re backing Jack Conway.” 
 
“Matt Bevin likes to say that you couldn’t find a single Head Start teacher who says this program works. Well, I’ve worked in Head Start for years, and I’m here to tell Matt Bevin that this program provides an amazing benefit for our students and for our entire society,” said Jennifer Hawkins, a Head Start teacher who has been working early childhood education since 1992. “We’ve seen the footage of Matt Bevin saying that early childhood education programs ‘serve no purpose,’ and his recent denial only underscores that we can’t trust him. Jack Conway has been clear that he is a strong supporter of expanding and supporting vital early education programs. And most importantly, we can trust Jack Conway to say what he means.” 
 
“When it comes to the critical issue of early childhood education, teachers do not trust Matt Bevin,” said Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Hughes. “They’ve got plenty of reasons to be skeptical: whether Bevin is lying about his failure to pay his taxes, hiding his tax returns or talking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to supporting early childhood programs, Bevin has proved throughout this campaign why Republicans have labelled him an ‘East Coast Con Man’ and a ‘Pathological Liar.’ When it comes to these critical issues facing Kentucky, Bevin is either lying now or he was lying on tape. Either way, we can’t trust Bevin to serve as our next governor.” 
 
The audio of the call is available upon request. 
 
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