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Educators Urge Lawmakers to Mandatory Kindergarten Legislation, President Vogel Pens Editorial

A dozen members of the CTA State Council of Education Early Childhood Education Committee spent Tuesday in the state Capitol meeting with lawmakers in support of AB 1444, the CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Education Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Assembly Member Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). They visited the offices of all 17 members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where the bill is awaiting further action.

They told lawmakers about the importance of ensuring that every child benefits from the introduction to learning that occurs in today's kindergarten classroom.

AB 1444 is among dozens of bills now in the committee's suspense file. Soon, the panel will try to determine which of the bills on suspense the state can afford.

The measure would only cost around $6 million annually, at a time when state revenues are exceeding earlier estimates by more than $2.4 billion, according to the governor's newly released May Revision of his budget.

CTA President Dean Vogel, in an opinion piece printed in Wednesday's Sacramento Bee, urges readers to support CTA-sponsored AB 1444, the bill that would mandate kindergarten for all youngsters prior to their starting first grade. Read more about AB 1444 and contact your lawmaker here.

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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