CTA co-sponsored AB 1444 by Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) requiring mandatory kindergarten for students prior to entering the first grade, passed out of the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday with only one dissenting vote.
AB 1444 provides students with that much-needed early learning that will prepare them for success throughout their school years. By making kindergarten mandatory, AB 1444 will help parents understand the importance of regular, ongoing attendance.
Enrollment is even lower among ethnic minorities, English language learners and children living below the poverty line. By closing the kindergarten attendance gap we can help close the achievement gap.
AB 1444 would only minimally impact education funding currently provided to local school districts. As state funding is based on Average Daily Attendance (ADA) now, the increased cost to the state is not extreme and can easily be accommodated within the current budget.
Read more about the bill in the news release issued statewide Wednesday.