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Generals announce early education proposal

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A group of retired generals from Georgia are shedding light on the importance of pre-K to U.S. national security.

A state and federal early education proposal could lead to 60,000 more high school graduates in Georgia and $6 billion in net economic benefits for Georgia, according to a report released Tuesday. The report finds that nationwide, the 10-year proposal could increase the amount of high school graduates by 2 million and result in $150 billion economic benefit to society.

Retired generals of Mission: Readiness met on Tuesday at the Kicklighter Resource Center. The generals from Georgia announced that the administration's state-federal early education proposal could lead to 60,000 more graduates in Georgia alone. They said the impact will stretch beyond the military.

"We are looking, ladies and gentleman, at economic and social consequences as well as military consequences, if we don't address this problem. That's why we're saying it's a national security interest," said Maj. Gen. Robert Hughes (Ret.)

Nearly 75 percent of all young Americans between the ages of 17 to 25 are not fit for the military because they are poorly educated, overweight or have serious criminal records, according to the findings.

Read the report A Commitment to Pre-K Is A Commitment to National Security

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