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.
The plan to raise tuition at the University of California is expected to be approved Thursday.
Over the objections of Gov. Jerry Brown, a UC Board of Regents committee has approved President Janet Napolitano’s proposal to raise tuition 5 percent in each of the next five school years – unless the state increases UC funding.
Using art to teach a student math may sound odd, but a group of educators says it can and should be done. And they’re using a change in how California students are taught as a chance to spread their message.
Leaky roofs, broken-down air conditioning, and faulty fire alarms are some of the problems that the Manteca Unified School District hopes to fix with a $159-million bond measure.
Legislative Republicans are calling on Democrats to reverse a law included in this year’s California budget package that restricts the ability of school districts to build large reserves.