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Jerry Brown’s Budget Proposes Killing Transitional Kindergarten Funds

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sacramento Bee

Before lawmakers approved the 2010 bill, a major concern was what would happen to children who no longer qualify for kindergarten, particularly those from low-income families that could not easily afford private pre-kindergarten programs. State leaders compromised by providing money for school districts to run the transitional program for those students, said Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto.

“The governor is talking about depriving 125,000 kids a year an opportunity to go to school,” Simitian said. “I think it’s a non-starter.”

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