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.
(AP) - The head of the school district in Reno, Nevada where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student is praising the quick response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.
Sacramento City Unified already has anti-deportation policies in place. This evening it will vote to be known as a “Safe Haven” for undocumented children and children of undocumented parents.
California schools can now apply to receive millions of dollars of computer supplies—part of a decade-old payout from a class-action settlement against Microsoft.
The head of the National Society of Black Engineers, Karl Reid, was in Sacramento Tuesday to take part in a forum at Washington Elementary School to get more low-income children of color on the right pathway to careers in science and engineering.
A new program aims to ensure that every first grader attending an economically disadvantaged school in Sacramento county has books at home.