Lawmakers Predict “Good News” For Pre-K In California Budget


The Los Angeles Times (6/12, Megerian) reports that California Assembly Budget Chairwoman Nancy Skinner (D) predicted “good news” for pre-schools in California’s upcoming budget. The Times says not many details are available yet publicly but Senate leader Darrel Steinberg (D) said, “We’re going to make some good, solid investments in kids, in infrastructure, and in some other key areas.” The Times says “Steinberg originally wanted to provide every California child with preschool, at an annual cost of $1.5 billion,” but “he later pared down his proposal to $378 million to pay for preschool for all 4-year-olds from low-income families.” Gov. Jerry Brown has insisted on “more conservative revenue projections” but has opened “the door for lawmakers to spend more than he originally proposed.”