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Ragan works for early childhood education improvements

State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City (left) talked with Dr. Betty Zan, a UNI professor, about measures Iowa can take to improve student achievement.|(Press release from Senator Amanda Ragan)

Iowa’s new commitment to quality early education for all Iowa four-year-olds is an effective public-private partnership that has won national recognition. Those preschools may be closed by Republicans who argue that quality preschool makes little difference in later years. Dr. Betty Zan, a UNI professor and an expert on the benefits of getting young children off to the best start possible, debunked those claims in testimony Wednesday, January 19, before the Iowa Senate Education Committee. State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City (left) talked with Zan about additional measures Iowa can take to improve student achievement.

To contact Senator Ragan during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. On weekends she can be reached at home at 641-424-0874. E-mail her at

Senator Ragan is an Assistant Senate Majority Leader, chair of the Human Resources Committee and vice-chair of the Health & Human Services Budget Subcommittee. She also serves on the Appropriations, Rules & Administration, Natural Resources & Environment, and Veterans Affairs committees.

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