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Governor Newsom Vetoes Full-Day Kindergarten Expansion, Paid Family Leave for Teachers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has closed out the Legislative session by vetoing bills that would have expanded full-day kindergarten programs and paid family leave for teachers.

Newsom had until Sunday to act on legislation passed this year.

On Sunday night, Newsom announced he had vetoed a bill that would have required school districts, charter schools and community colleges give six weeks of full pay for pregnancy-related leaves of absence. He also vetoed a bill that would have required all elementary schools to have at least one full-day kindergarten program beginning in 2022.

Newsom said the bills would cost the state too much money.

Newsom signed a law banning public high schools from starting the day before 8:30 a.m. It also bans middle schools from starting the day before 8 a.m.

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