Since the 1990s, California’s leaders have promised to make preschool universal for every child.
Maybe they’ll do it by the time I have grandchildren.
It’s already too late for my own kids. The youngest of my three sons graduated from preschool last week. I celebrated by writing my final preschool check—for monthly tuition of $1,165. With that check, my spending on preschool tuition for all three boys, over the last seven years, totaled more than $120,000.
All that tuition, alongside a 21st-century Southern California mortgage, has wiped away most of my family’s …