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IPFS News Link • California

California's bold plan: adding a full school year before kindergarten.

• by John Myers

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed far-reaching, multibillion-dollar education initiatives — including a full year of schooling for all 4-year-olds and enrichment programs and tutoring for students in low-income communities — aimed at those he sees as most in need in the wake of the pandemic.

If approved by the Legislature, the governor's plans, which he pencils out at $20 billion over several years, would represent an ambitious expansion of the mission for California's education system.

Funded by a massive influx of state income tax revenue, Newsom's proposal first and foremost targets universal transitional kindergarten, promising an additional year on the front end of the kindergarten-through-12th -grade public school experience.