In an elementary school near Sacramento, students in a transitional kindergarten class practice saying the date. With a little prodding, they shout out the day, month, and year in unison.
These kids are among several thousand California four-year olds enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs. Now state Senate Democrats want to make transitional kindergarten available to all four-year-olds. The announced their proposal today.
But expanding the state's current transitional program would cost California nearly one billion dollars by the time it’s fully implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said the money would well spent.
“I’m proud to call this wise-spending California. There are few better uses of the tax-payer dollars than investing in evidence based changed providing you people, four-year-olds, the head start that they need.”
Assembly Democrats have also made funding transitional kindergarten a budget priority for the coming year.
But the party will have to convince Governor Jerry Brown, who’s pushing a message of moderate spending. He will announce his budget on Friday.
Robert S. Nelsen, Sacramento State's new president, started his first day on the job Wednesday.
Washington Elementary, one of seven schools in the city of Sacramento that closed two years ago because of budget cuts, will reopen next year.
Sports teams using the nickname “Redskins” are coming under increased pressure nationally to abandon the name. A bill at the state Capitol would make California the first state to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as their nickname or mascot.
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California high schools are now formally recognizing bilingual students by awarding biliteracy medals and seals to graduating seniors in an effort to recognize students' dual language abilities.