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Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Boston Education Chief Rahn Dorsey testify during a hearing on early education bills at the State House last week.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Boston Education Chief Rahn Dorsey testify during a hearing on early education bills at the State House last week.

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Legislators, activists advocate for increase in early education

Massachusetts may be a national leader in K–12 education, but it is falling behind in pre-kindergarten education, according to many of the education and children’s advocates, parents, officials, and legislators who testified at a State House hearing last week.