Help Pass CTA-sponsored Mandatory Kindergarten Bill
Hundreds of bills are on the Assembly and Senate suspense files, dozens of which are bills CTA supports.
Right now, CTA-sponsored AB
1444, the mandatory kindergarten bill by Assembly Education Chair Joan
Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), is in the
Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it is scheduled for a hearing next week.
fiscal panel votes bills this time of year into its “suspense” or hold
file. By the end of next week, the panel has to vote out to the Assembly
floor those bills it thinks the state can afford. The bills not voted out
next week are as good as dead.
So, it’s vital for CTA members
to use the Legislative Action Center now to get in touch with the Assembly Appropriations
Committee to help make the case for the bill.
AB 1444 will help ensure the 5%
of California youngsters not now enrolled in free public kindergarten or in
parochial or private school kindergarten will get the important
learning-to-learn tools that today’s kindergarten provides.
Remind panel members that the
negligible costs of the bill will be more than covered by the savings to the
state of higher graduation rates that will result in more Californians having
better, higher paying jobs (which mean higher state income tax revenues)!