The state’s First 5 commission produced 30-second TV spots encouraging parents to read, talk and sing more to their young children.
Doctor Richard Pan chairs the Assembly Health Committee. He says interaction is an important part of child development.
“Certainly as a pediatrician, when I talk to parents, we talk about how important it is engage,” says Pan. “We talk about how important it is to connect with young children.”
Lower income children are reportedly read to much less than more affluent children. Assemblymember Roger Dickinson says about 70 percent of brain development happens in those crucial first three years.
“If a child is not reading at third grade level by the time they’re in third grade, the chance are they will never catch up.”
The legislature is considering a range of early childhood development bills including universal pre-school for four-year-olds and state funded daycare for babies and toddlers.
There's a raging debate over how California reports schools’ test scores to parents and the public. Advocates for struggling students say a "growth model" — measuring how students perform over time — is key to closing the achievement gap.
An alternative learning program based in craftwork just graduated its first class. The school is one of the few services available to adults with intellectual disabilities who are out of high school, but not ready for college or work.
After charter school supporters poured money into the California governor's race to support a longtime ally who failed to advance, the school choice movement may face uncertainty in a state with some of the most robust charter school laws in the U.S.
Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living.
Several state lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curb the University of California's power by limiting salaries and putting checks on the UC president's authority.