Raimondo to commit to universal pre-K in State of the State address

In her State of the State address to lawmakers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to make a $10-million commitment to the first year of a multiyear phase-in of universal pre-K in Rhode Island.

Raimondo will elaborate on her plan at a news conference Wednesday with Mark Shriver, CEO of Save the Children Action Network, a group that poured hundreds of thousands of dollars — through its political arm — into ads backing Raimondo’s reelection drive last year. The group plans another $50,000 wave of ads, starting Wednesday, to urge state lawmakers to support the governor’s universal pre-K plan.

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