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Last Updated: 2/10/2012
Budget Issue: Income eligibility ceilings
Program: Preschool
Finding or Recommendation: Reject Governor's January budget proposal to lower income eligibility thresholds from 70 percent of the state median income (SMI) to 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about 62 percent of SMI) and eliminate associated slots, for savings of $24 million. If reductions are needed, eliminate preschool slots, as enrollment priority already is reserved for the lowest income applicants.
Further Detail

For more detail, please see the "Transitional Kindergarten and Preschool" section of our report, The 2012-13 Budget: Proposition 98 Education Analysis.