"He's a well-educated man who I don't think really understands education," said Eastin on Capital Public Radio's Insight today.
Eastin said California lags behind other states when it comes to funding education for kids before they enter kindergarten.
"The reality is that New York, Illinois, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, a lot of places, including some pretty conservative states, have figured out this is the next big idea in America."
~Delaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent
Early versions of Brown's proposed state budget don't contain any new funding for early education. Brown has said the state doesn't have enough money pay for a major program such as pre-kindergarten education.
Eastin was California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2003. She is a member of the Capital Public Radio board.
California Gov. Jerry Brown's annual State of the State address can be summed up as part victory, part warning.
In the wake of Governor Jerry Brown's State of The State speech organizations and individuals across the state weigh in with commentary and reaction.
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Health care wasn’t a big focus of Brown’s speech. But the Governor did mention health care in terms of costs to the state, and how California is a leader in bioscience and medical technology.
The budget looks good, but the weather looks bad. California Governor Jerry Brown will likely address both topics in his annual state of the State address tomorrow.