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Preschool cash called premature

A request for millions to fund public school for kids age 4 is made before voters are heard

By Nanea Kalani

~~<p>Some lawmakers are wary of the Abercrombie administration's plans to move ahead with state-funded preschool, calling a nearly $6 million funding request premature ahead of a constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot.</p>
<p>The proposed amendment, which lawmakers reluctantly agreed to last session, will ask voters whether public funds should be spent on private preschool programs. Without it the state won't be able to use public money to build the necessary capacity at public and private preschools to eventually serve all of the state's 18,000 4-year-olds.</p>
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Some lawmakers are wary of the Abercrombie administration's plans to move ahead with state-funded preschool, calling a nearly $6 million funding request premature ahead of a constitutional amendment that will be on the November ballot.

The proposed amendment, which lawmakers reluctantly agreed to last session, will ask voters whether public funds should be spent on private preschool programs. Without it the state won't be able to use public money to build the necessary capacity at public and private preschools to eventually serve all of the state's 18,000 4-year-olds. Login for more...



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