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Eastin: Early Education Is Blind Spot For Governor


"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.

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