The program is attempting to alleviate a persistent achievement gap.
Preschool teachers paid about half of what kindergarten teachers make.
The proposed funding would increase the number of college preparation courses.
California ranked 10th among 35 states based on achievement gaps in large cities.
Quality ratings vary widely from county to county.
Harvard University is coordinating the initiative that includes six cities. .
The funding would boost teacher training and build partnerships.
They urge the state to increase its investment in early childhood education programs.
EdSource conducted a series of interviews with leading educators and scholars about the persistence of these achievement gaps and the prospects for the current set of reforms in California to help close them.
Students alleged they were placed in classes where they received no instruction.