Prekindergarten Absenteeism

In this Friday, March 1, 2013 photo, Bill Fulton, dressed as Ready Freddy, visits with prekindergarten students at a public school in Buffalo, N.Y. President Barack Obama’s proposal to expand access to preschool is seen as a way to close the achievement gap for poor and minority students, improve high school graduation rates and ultimately strengthen the workforce. (AP Photo/David Duprey)