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) - Republican lawmakers are asking Gov. Jerry Brown not to appeal a Los Angeles judge's decision striking down tenure and other job protections for California teachers.
(AP) -- Just days after a judge handed down a ruling that could change teacher tenure laws in the state, a bill creating an expedited firing process for abusive educators heads to the governor's office.
California colleges and universities could get an additional $100 million if tax revenue exceeds expectations this fiscal year.
A judge has struck down the state’s teacher tenure laws in a landmark ruling that could lead to big changes at California schools.
A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that California's protection for teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional.