Tight State Budgets Reveal Governors’ True Pre-K Colors

Source: Pre-K Now

From press release:
In spite of significant fiscal and political challenges, 16 governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., proposed a total of $261 million in increases for pre-kindergarten programs, according to Pre-K Now, a Washington, D.C.-based education advocacy group, in its annual state-by-state analysis of leadership on early childhood education released today.

The report, “Leadership Matters: Governors’ Pre-K Proposals Fiscal Year 2009,” reveals that, collectively, these budget proposals would bring total state funding for pre-k to $5.2 billion–a 5.5% increase from last year–and would make pre-k available to nearly 60,000 more three and four year olds across the country. Among the governors recognized in the report for fighting to expand quality pre-k programs in the face of major hurdles are Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) of Tennessee and Bob Riley (R) of Alabama, both of whom joined Pre-K Now for today’s release.

Full Report (PDF; 544 KB)

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