Mass. House Rejects Gov.’s Push for Early Education Expansion

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

House leaders today proposed a $33.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that boosts funding for higher education and local aid but rejects Governor Deval Patrick’s request for higher spending on early education, one of the governor’s top priorities.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said he would not provide any increase in spending on early education, because he questions whether the governor’s agency that oversees the system is managing its money and caseload efficiently.

Patrick had asked DeLeo to approve an additional $131 million for early education to support higher salaries, professional development, and competitive grants to innovative programs that want to expand.

But DeLeo said he would instead order an audit of the finances at the Department of Early Education and Care and to set up a $200,000 “compliance office” to make sure the agency is spending its money wisely.

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