Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe today introduced his comprehensive education plan, covering pre-K, K-12 and higher education policies.

Kicking off a three-city tour to highlight his initiatives, Beebe spoke at the Arkansas Association for Career and Technical Educators Professional Development Conference in Hot Springs, where he proposed “an additional $40 million annual appropriation to provide pre-kindergarten education to at-risk children, those below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Beebe said he will continue to make state appropriations for each year afterward until the state has established a universal voluntary, quality pre-k system for all Arkansas children.”

The (extraordinarily long) press release is available after the jump. We’re posting it almost immediately after receiving it, so we’ll join you in sorting through it for additional details.