Assembly GOP: Use 'First 5' Money for Education
|A group of Assembly Republicans led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced legislation today to take the 'First 5' money dedicated to outreach and use it to fund accelerated preschool programs.|
The 'First 5' money has come under scrutiny in recent weeks as it was used to air $23 million pro-preschool advertising only months before a universal preschool initiative is to appear on the ballot.
According to the release:
“Democrats and Republicans alike have questioned the lack of accountability and misuse of taxpayer funds by the First 5 Commission,” McCarthy said. “Instead of lining the pockets of wealthy Los Angeles advertising executives, we believe it is better to invest the people’s money in accelerated preschool programs that will help disadvantaged children across California.”
Assembly Bill 2150 redirects funds currently spent by the First 5 Commission for mass media advertising and administration, and instead invests in accelerated preschool programs that will be implemented statewide. Under AB 2150, $42 million would be set aside for accelerated programs that give young students a leg up in reading, math, and social skills – potentially benefiting 120,000 young children currently not enrolled in preschool.