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.
University of California students are getting at least a temporary reprieve from tuition increases scheduled to take effect in the coming academic year.
A British university has moved a step closer to establishing a campus in Placer County.
(AP) - Students at 13 California State University campuses will be getting access to a new online textbook resource in hopes of offsetting the burdensome cost of traditional textbooks.
A group of non-profit organizations in Sacramento County are moving forward with a campaign to improve the health of black children and lower their mortality rates.
In what organizers call a raucous event full of cheering and learning, 330 students will participate in the 2015 academic decathlon in Sacramento County.