Education is the key to Kentucky's future and represents its largest expenditure. Every parent wants a brighter future for their child than what they had. Yet, parents are increasingly concerned about their children's future. The Pritchard Committee referred to Kentucky's educational efforts as "stalled" after decades of progress. Education is the best strategy for improving a child's chances to get a good job and be independent. All children deserve a quality education in a safe school taught by a competent teacher with a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for citizenship and gives them the skills necessary to compete in a global economy. This is a resource intense endeavor that will fail with continued budget cuts. Education funding must keep pace with the surrounding states and early childhood education participation rates increased. The Center for Business and Economic Research estimated that bringing Kentucky up to the U.S. average would generate $700 million in new revenue and savings for the state.