New Brown ad highlights pre-K proposal

The Baltimore Sun

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown released the sixth television ad of his campaign for governor on Tuesday. Like the previous spot, it prominently notes the Democrat’s proposals for expanding educational opportunities -– an issue he clearly believes is important to voters.

The 30-second commercial describes Brown’s proposals to combat recidivism by easing inmates’ transition back to the community and to make available a full day of voluntary pre-Kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

Expanding pre-K  seems to resonate with parents, said Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, who has endorsed Brown. “We’ve gone to a lot of neighborhood meetings and there are almost always two or three people who -- when I talk about pre-K and the benefit it can have for 4-year –olds – nod their heads in support,” Rosenberg said in an interview.

 To narrow the educational achievement gap, Brown has proposed placing Latino liaisons in schools that have a large Hispanic population, training teachers to better understand students from diverse cultural backgrounds and expanding the school breakfast program.

The ad, which shows Brown speaking in a classroom, does not mention Brown’s opponents in the June 24 primary -– Attorney General Douglas  F. Gansler and Montgomery County Del. Heather R. Mizeur. Both have their own plans for Pre-K expansion.

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