Claire Reagan, candidate for the Olathe school board

She says she's done the homework.

In running for the Olathe school board, Claire Reagan says her top priority is early childhood education. She says it provides long-lasting benefits, and if elected she wants to help build on what she says is an already strong program in Olathe.

“We have amazing programs and we have amazing staff but we can’t expand those things without more funding,” she said in her first interview since announcing her candidacy last week. “Making sure that our kids have a really strong start and are fully kindergarten-ready is a great way for our community to invest in the future so that we aren’t investing in the outcomes that are negative for society. Early childhood education lowers crime rates. It raises earning potential. It also raises civic engagement. Having an informed population who care about their communities. It starts when little kids are little kids.”

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