The May revise – the latest draft of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget – was released May 13. Brown’s proposal for early education mirrors the plan he introduced in January: Consolidate spending on the California State Preschool Program, transitional kindergarten, and a preschool quality and improvement system into a $1.6 billion block grant. The proposal includes significant changes to how the system is managed; it also includes no new early education funding. Advocates from around the state have called for the consolidation plan to be removed from the budget process for further study. Observers around California are reacting here to today’s announcement.
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