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Long-delayed preschool report advises further study


June 6, 2016
Assessment
Stephanie Ebbert
The Boston Globe

Two years after Mayor Martin J. Walsh named an advisory panel to come up with a citywide action plan for universal preschool, the committee on Friday released a report scant on details and devoid of cost estimates, calling for further study.

The report excised financial projections that had been prepared for the committee, though the mayor had previously told the Globe it could cost as much as $56 million to provide preschool to all city 4-year-olds. During his State of the City address in January, Walsh asked the state to contribute funding — a request ignored by Governor Charlie Baker.

The Walsh administration received the committee’s recommendations in December 2014, but kept them under wraps, claiming the report was only a draft that was exempt from public disclosure law.

After the Globe successfully appealed to the state supervisor of public records, city officials released asummary in March of this year and said the final report, with cost estimates, would follow by the end of that month.