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 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.
More than 200 middle and high school students from San Joaquin County got the chance to see what a career in science, technology, engineering, or math might be like.
Sacramento Regional Transit has identified a way to find entry-level mechanics to replace the dozen or so mechanics who retire or leave the agency every year.
Some Sacramento high school students are getting their poetry in front of a lot of people this fall. You'll have to get on a bus to read them.