Want youngsters to succeed? Kindergarten is a good place to start!
What more fitting tribute to
teachers on the Day of the Teacher than our seeing an educator – our CTA
President Dean E. Vogel – doing what teachers do: spending time advocating for
The Sacramento Bee’s Wednesday
edition – published on the Day of the Teacher – includes an opinion
piece by the leader of our 325,000 members calling for support for AB 1444
(Buchanan/Weber), the CTA-sponsored bill that will ensure all youngsters
benefit from kindergarten completion before starting first grade.
In the Bee article, President
Vogel urges support for the bill because it will help the 5 percent of
California’s young kids not attending public
or private kindergarten get the vital early education skills provided in that
The CTA leader argues eloquently
and powerfully that youngsters who start first grade without first getting
“prepped” in kindergarten begin with a disadvantage and
it’s hard to catch up as they advance through school.
Take a moment to read the editorial, then click through to the mandatory
kindergarten section of the website, where you can learn more about
the CTA-sponsored mandatory kindergarten bill and then send your Assembly
Member an e-mail in support of it.