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February 13, 2013

Oklahoma can take a bow

— Too many Oklahomans hear how poorly we are doing in some category.

Study after study reveals how low we fare compared with other states in obesity rates or women prisoners.

It was great to hear a sitting president tell the whole world that Oklahoma is leading in a positive category.

In proposing better preschool education for every child in America, President Barack Obama mentioned Oklahoma’s and Georgia’s vision and success.

“In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own,” Obama said during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

We have long been in favor of improving the quality of education for our children.

It is an investment in our future.

“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than $7 later on — by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime,” Obama said.

A quality education can be the cure for most of what ails our society.

Ensuring every child receives a quality education pays off for all.

That should be a bipartisan solution.

After all, no one knows whether this preschool graduate will become a Republican or a Democrat.

Because we face enormous debt, there will be debate over the president’s plan to improve preschool education.

We can leave that discussion for later.

For now, it is a proud moment for all Oklahomans to hear a president praise our state’s commitment to children.

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