Here's a link to another article, this from the Washington Post, on the Universal Preschool debate playing out heavily in California and making noise in many other states as well. It's a complex issue, and one likely to be debated in your community soon if it hasn't been already. I don't have much to add this time, so here are some links to a few earlier posts I put up on the Universal Pre-school discussion, all of which have links to relevant articles for those interested.
This sidebar story (Governors and Pre-K) to the Post article indicates that more and more governors are making early childhood education a budget priority. In one of my earlier posts on funding early childhood ed, I made the case that it was not easy to do because the greatest benefits of early childhood ed to society may not show until the children have grown into teenagers and young adults, by which time the politicians who make the funding decisions will be long gone from office. But it sounds as if the voting public is really speaking up on this issue, and politicians are responding.