Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is proposing to expand Arkansas' prekindergarten program and make it accessible to every 4-year-old in the state, a plan he says will eventually cost an additional $37.4 million a year.
Ross detailed his plan Wednesday to expand the Arkansas Better Chance program, which has seen its funding remain flat over the past several years. Ross said his proposal would gradually increase funding for the program to make it available to every 4-year-old by 2025.
Ross' proposal didn't offer a specific timeline, and he said it would be based on available revenue.
Ross is a former congressman running against substitute teacher Lynette Bryant for the Democratic nomination. Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman are seeking the Republican nomination.