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THE HOUSE budget was released this week, and I’m disappointed that legislators missed this chance to expand access to early learning (“$36.2 billion House plan rejects call for tax hike,” Metro, April 10).
We know that a high-quality early education helps kids succeed and reduces the achievement gap. We also know that tens of thousands of children don’t have access to early education, and are at risk of starting kindergarten already behind. We pride ourselves on education here in Massachusetts, and we should do better when it comes to early education.
Governor Patrick proposed $15 million to reduce the waiting list for income-eligible preschool assistance. The House halved that to $7.5 million. Let’s hope the House can correct this before the budget is finalized.
Media and communications intern
Massachusetts Fair Share