|Budget Issue:||Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program|
|Finding or Recommendation:||Adopt Governor's January budget proposal to cancel initiation of new TK program, because program is costly and poorly designed. Modify Governor's proposed waiver policy to permit early entrance for underage students, but only to traditional kindergarten and only for children born shortly after date cutoff. Estimate would save $75 million (in contrast to Governor's May estimate of $92 million).|
For more detail on modifications proposed in the May Revision, please see handout Overview of Governor's Child Care and Preschool Proposals.
For more detail on January proposals, please see the "Transitional Kindergarten and Preschool" section of our report, The 2012-13 Budget: Proposition 98 Education Analysis.