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Educators to Urge Support for CTA Kindergarten Bill during May 13 Capitol Visits

Members of the CTA State Council of Education Early Education Committee are set to lobby 17 members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 13, for a very important purpose: to gain further legislative support for a measure to ensure that all California youngsters benefit from kindergarten.

CTA’s only sponsored bill for 2014 is the subject of the member lobbying.  AB 1444, by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), gained the approval of the Assembly Education Committee on April 30 on an overwhelming 6-1 vote. The measure will be coming before the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which will be focusing on the possible costs of the legislation, which would make kindergarten mandatory, rather than voluntary.

CTA members will be reminding lawmakers the projected costs for the measure are minimal, amounting to about a 5% boost in Average Daily Attendance for kindergarten enrollment.

The benefits – and cost benefits – to the state are much greater. A disproportionate number of the children not currently attending kindergarten are minority youngsters and those living at or below the poverty line. The skills they will gain in kindergarten will help them succeed during their entire academic careers and help them compete by securing 21st century skills.

CTA members are being encouraged to write all 17 Assembly Appropriations Committee members, urging them to vote for the measure. You can learn more about the bill and contact your lawmaker via the CTA Legislative Action Center.

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