The Sun Herald, 12/17/7

Lawmakers who promised to make education a priority while they were on the campaign trail will be put to the test in the next legislative session.

A private nonprofit group says it will use its 33,000 members to lobby lawmakers to support a comprehensive education improvement bill. Any legislation requiring additional state funding will likely face resistance as lawmakers prepare to grapple with a tight budget during the session that convenes Jan. 8.

A big part of the package is funding for pilot pre-kindergarten programs. Lt. Gov.-elect Phil Bryant on Monday said he’s opposed to creating new pre-K programs.