Newsom proposes to provide free kindergarten for 4-year-old children
California Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) wants the state government to pay for all 4-year-old children to attend kindergarten as part of a major new education spending plan announced on Wednesday.
After the plan is fully implemented in the 2024-25 school year, it will cost approximately US$2.7 billion annually.
“We are growing and the goal is to invest $20 billion to transform our public schools, including the creation of a universal Pre-K program and the establishment of college savings accounts for 3.7 million disadvantaged children to pursue higher education or start their own business,” Newsom’s office wrote in a statement announcing the package.
According to the plan, the state’s two-year transitional kindergarten program will eventually be open to all students who are 4 years old before September 1 of a specific school year. No need to participate, but the school district must provide courses.
Currently, approximately 91,000 California students are accepting admission to transitional kindergarten. If Newsom’s plan is approved, it will increase to 250,000 students by 2024-25, Adam Beam report Associated Press.
The plan includes some school district funds, if needed, to accommodate the expanded plan to hire more employees.
State officials once believed that due to the pandemic, California had a budget shortage this year.Instead, Newsom announced Monday that the state will have a $76 billion in surplus.