Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek testified Wednesday on a proposed $65 million expansion of the Great Start preschool program before the House Education Committee, according to Gongwer.

The matter at hand was delayed, however, when Rep. Ellen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, took the focus off of the hearing and instead chose to question Van Beek’s qualifications, Gongwer reported. That earned Rep. Lipton “some chastising” from other committee members “for having to resort to personal attacks.” Van Beek responded that he was qualified to testify because of his research on the issue and because he was invited to do so.

Van Beek has written about the topic here, here and here.

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