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California should give all kids the pre-K advantage
California should give all kids the pre-K advantage

"Early education is our No. 1 priority." That's the 2014 message from California Democrats. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced the Kindergarten Readiness Act (SB 837) on Jan. 6, and Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez included an aggressive early education agenda in Democrats' budget recommendations in December. If the lawmakers' efforts succeed, and if Gov. Jerry Brown joins the effort — so far, his budget doesn't earmark the necessary funding — California could claim the lead in the nationwide movement to give children what's needed to thrive during the crucial first five years of their lives. Viewed in purely...

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