Early report shows Tennessee's pre-K program paying off

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An early assessment of Tennessee's pre-kindergarten initiative shows the program is beneficial but critics say it's still too early to gauge its effectiveness.

A research group commissioned by the state to study the program told the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday that there are some short and long-term benefits associate with it.

The report is the first of a three-year study from 2007-2010.

Senator Bo Watson says the study is still in its beginning stages but does give lawmakers an idea of how the state is doing.

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