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Study Finds Preschool Initiative Would Benefit Few

Sacramento, CA — A study says an initiative to pay for universal preschool in California would help some low-income children and English-learners, but also would subsidize thousands of parents who already pay to send their children to preschool.

The review of Proposition 82 was conducted by the Policy Analysis for California Education. It found that the extra funding would boost preschool enrollment by just ten to 15 percent.

That means as much as $1.3 billion of the funding would go to parents who already are paying for preschool.

The measure would raise income taxes by 1.7 percent for individuals who earn at least $400,000 a year, or couples earning $800,000.