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.
Higher education advocates are asking for a dedicated funding source for California’s Community Colleges. Busloads of students from around the state marched and rallied in Sacramento Monday and met with state lawmakers.
There have been several attempts over the years to reform California’s teacher dismissal process. All have been unsuccessful. But that’s not stopping one lawmaker from trying again.
New data show significant achievement gaps among students in Reno and administrators are trying to start a public conversation to solve the problem.
An independent audit recommends that California overhaul its school transportation funding system. The Legislative Analyst’s Office report says the school transportation funding rate is decades old.
A bill in the California legislature would give low and middle income parents up to $500 in annual tax credits for investing in California’s “Scholar Share” college savings program.