Busloads of education advocates arrived at the state Capitol Thursday with a message. They want more spending on early childhood education. Advocates say when basic socialization is addressed earlier, children can focus more on learning as they get older.
“There’s no fear,” says Zandra Hawes a childcare provider from Long Beach. “They don’t feel jittery and afraid to learn because you’ve been teaching them how to socialize already. They know how to make friends and they already understand their alphabet and their numbers”
In his last two State of the Union addresses, President Obama advocated for “pre-k” education.
Legislative Democratic leaders are pushing for universal early education for four-year-olds. But, the Brown administration says “pre-k” is not included in the Governor’s budget proposal.
Number Of 'Significantly Disengaged' Kids At Sacramento Public Schools Has Skyrocketed During The PandemicFebruary 15, 2021
Before the pandemic closed schools, only a few dozen kids at Sacramento City Unified schools missed three days a week of school or more. Now, that number is almost a thousand.
Schools would only qualify in counties with lower infection rates. Kindergarten through sixth grade is prioritized in the governor’s $2-billion plan, which would need the Legislature’s approval.
The Folsom Cordova Unified School Board voted for its students to return to classrooms part time. It comes in anticipation of schools in the county getting the greenlight to reopen after moving into the red tier of California’s reopening guidelines.
Without clear guidance from the state, coronavirus testing remains a contentious and costly issue as more school districts inch toward reopening.
A closely watched report commissioned by Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for more local discretion and tighter regulation of charter schools.
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