Eastin said when she was elected as state school superintendent, California was in 47th place, but by the time she left office, it had climbed to number 27. She cited the fact that as state schools chief she sued then Gov. Pete Wilson and got $2.3 million back, which was then used to implement her class size reduction plan.
Eastin labels the failure to adequately fund California’s schools a “grave danger.” She quoted a recent research study, which maintained “The social cost of not providing quality care and health and welfare opportunities for young children results in a array of bad outcomes, including child abuse and neglect, high school dropouts, criminal activities, teen pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, and other health problems. These expensive social ills could be significantly diminished through investments in evidence-based, early childhood programs.”
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