The future of the First Steps program isn’t a sure thing – yet. But Missouri’s Education Commissioner is optimistic that events at the Capitol will save the program. Governor Matt Blunt’s proposal calls for the elimination of the First Steps education program for developmentally disabled children. But the proposal prompted a public outcry. And, the House Education Appropriations Committee has rejected doing away with First Steps. Education Commissioner Kent King says this is a big step toward saving First Steps. King says any parents whose children have benefitted from First Steps are big believers in the program. Lawmakers are considering ideas for getting money from elsewhere to keep First Steps funded.
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