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Why this 30-year-old preschool teacher is joining the fight for $15 an hour

Kimmy DeVries thinks it’s time early childhood educators like herself earn a living wage. As a lead teacher at Head Start Preschool in Kansas City, Missouri, she says she learned early in her career how badly the industry needs reform. DeVries, who identifies as queer and Christian, says the fight for $15 an hour stems from her belief that we should treat educators with “dignity, respect and fairness.”

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