California Democrats Scale Back Universal Pre-K Proposal


Reuters (5/23, Bernstein) reports on the new proposal by California Democrats for universal pre-kindergarten, which represents a retreat from the ambitious $2.5 billion plan they had originally set forth, amid opposition from Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Instead of that plan, notes the piece, they have proposed a $1.3 billion preschool plan, under which families that earn less than twice the Federal poverty level would be able to enroll their 4-year-olds. The article points out that the new plan comes as universal pre-K programs continue to gain in popularity across the US.