[News 8/17] Pre-k in Virginia: Gov. Kaine’s new proposal

[Va.] A tight budget and an unreceptive legislature force Gov. Kaine to scale back plans for universal pre-k to focus on low-income families. (WaPo, 8/17) Kaine’s Start Strong Initiative would “extend free pre-kindergarten to 4-year-olds who qualify for reduced-price lunches,” meaning families with annual incomes of $27,000 to $38,000. This would extend eligibility to 17,000 additional four-year-olds. (12,500 four-year-olds in families earning below $27,000 already receive free pre-k.)

Visit CLASP’s blog for more on the “diverse delivery models” aspect of Kaine’s proposal–providing state funding to public, private, or religious preshool programs, provided that they meet certain standards of quality.

Passage is still not certain: “Republican leaders said that Kaine’s revised plan is more likely to be approved by the General Assembly but that it must compete with other priorities.”

[Md.] “A New Year, a Great Many Changes” (WaPo, 8/16) – Pr. George’s County’s school system is in the midst of a transformation.