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What Ben will do:

Ben believes education is the best investment we can make in children. He thinks every child should have the opportunity to achieve his or her potential – regardless of zip code or economic circumstance. Ben will work to provide equal opportunity to students.

Ben received federal student loans and Pell grants for college. He understands how important these programs are for families who are helping their children through college. He supports access to financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education and wants more transparency and lower overhead costs.

What Ben has done:

Ben led Salt Lake County in a first-in-the-nation partnership to enroll thousands of economically disadvantaged children in voluntary, high-quality preschool.

By investing in early childhood development, county taxpayers got a substantial return on investment by avoiding future costs from student delinquency, pediatric health, drugs, gangs and incarceration. High-quality preschool closes the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and their financially stable peers. This leads to higher high school and college graduation rates.

The county’s successful pilot program prompted the Utah Legislature to expand the initiative statewide.

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