The pair talked about what the amendment calls for in terms of allowing public money to be spent on private preschools, where the HSTA stands on it, the dubious names of the groups supporting/opposing the measure and how much they’re spending, and why the Legislature couldn’t take action on its own.
“This past session they (state legislators) were ready to get the wheels rolling on this and start some sort of private/public system,” said Wong. “But then in the middle of session, they get an opinion from the AG that says, ‘look you can’t really establish this system without a constitutional amendment.’ And hence the amendment proposal on the ballot.”
Sadly, this will be our last podcast with Alia who is leaving Civil Beat to become the associate education editor at The Atlantic. Good luck — we’ll miss you. Aloha Alia!
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