Early education passes major hurdle on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - On Capitol Hill, Hawaii Representative Mazie Hirono scores a major victory for America's education system.

Thursday morning, a U.S. House Committee voted 31 to 11, to pass her "Pre-K Act."

The measure will allocate $2.5 billion over five years, for improving early education.

Hirono's act also encourages state-funded preschools to meet high standards.

"Research shows that 85% of brain development occurs in the first five years of life," said Hirono. "And that's why the more we can do to encourage brain development during those early years, then by putting the resources into quality education, the better."

The Full House will now vote on the "Pre-K Act."