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Should Minnesota fund universal pre-K?

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Poppy Sundquist, a teaching assistant at Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School in St. Paul, worked with a preschool student on literacy skills, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.
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One of the biggest debates at the state Capitol this year centers around early education policy for some of the state's youngest residents. 

Gov. Mark Dayton has made universal preschool for all 4-year-olds his top legislative priority. But opponents, including some of the state's largest childcare groups, say early education policy should be more focused on lower income families and parents should be allowed more choice as to where they enroll their children.  

So far, both the House and the Senate have rejected Dayton's proposal.

Two guests joined MPR News' Tom Weber to discuss the issue.