California governor proposes kindergarten for 4-year-olds

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FILE – In this April 13, 2021, file photo, kindergarten students participate in a classroom activity on the first day of in-person learning at Maurice Sendak Elementary School in Los Angeles. All 4-year-olds in California could go to kindergarten for free under a new proposal Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, part of a broad new education spending package made possible by the state’s surprise budget surplus. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the state to pay for all 4-year-olds to attend kindergarten.

The plan would cost about $2.7 billion per year when it is fully implemented by the 2024-25 school year.

State officials had thought California would have a budget shortfall this year because of the pandemic.

Instead, Newsom announced Monday that the state will have a $76 billion surplus. That includes an extra $17.7 billion for public education.

Newsom will announce his proposal on Wednesday. An administration official confirmed the details of the plan on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been formally announced.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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