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Proposal to Expand Early Education Passes Hurdle

April 10, 2014


A proposal to expand kindergarten to California's 4-year-olds has passed its first big hurdle.

This is Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's pet project as he terms out: Offer free preschool to those who want it and maybe can't afford it right now. He says low-income children at the age of 3 are already behind their peers.

Transitional kindergarten bill passed by Senate education committee

April 09, 2014

By Lillian Mongeau

After several hours of testimony the state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that would expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds.

State lawmakers propose public school programs for all 4-year-olds

April 09, 2014

Ventura County Star

State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step on this year’s most ambitious legislative journey, as a Senate committee approved a bill that would expand public education in California to include transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds.

“There are some things that ought to be a state priority, and this is one of them,” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. “This is of paramount importance.”

California fight for free preschool passes first hurdle

April 09, 2014

By Sharon Bernstein

A proposal to offer free preschool to all California four-year-olds passed its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday with support from Democrats but facing skepticism from Governor Jerry Brown and some educators that could doom its chances this year.

Autism Treatment at Crossroads, From Medi-Cal Coverage to New Guidelines

March 17, 2014

California Healthline
By David Gorn

Coverage for autism services, a source of controversy for years in Sacramento, is likely to be on the forefront of health care issues once again during upcoming budget negotiations.

Editorial: Less-bad option for higher gas prices in California

March 17, 2014

Orange County Register

Gas prices again have reached $4 a gallon – and are expected to go higher, as fuel producers are required to switch production to the more costly “summer-blend” gasoline – which is bad enough. Californians already pay 71 cents per gallon in state gas taxes – the highest in the nation. Add in 18.4 cents per gallon in federal gas taxes, and nearly one-quarter of the pump price is taxes.

But, wait until next year.

New ad campaign tells California parents to talk, read and sing

March 12, 2014

Sacramento Bee
By Laurel Rosenhall

Jack and Jill's climb up the hill received a rare mention at a Capitol press conference Wednesday morning, as several legislators touted a new $9 million publicity campaign to get California parents to spend more time talking, reading and singing with their children.

California in line for $334M for pre-kindergarten

March 10, 2014

The Californian
By Raju Chebium

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 includes a big-ticket expense: $75 billion over the next 10 years to help states provide free pre-kindergarten education to millions of low- and moderate-income 4-year-olds.

Hundreds of districts, partnerships signal interest in ‘career pathways’ grant program

March 07, 2014

By Michelle Maitre

Competition is shaping up to be fierce for a new state grant supporting programs that link academics with real-world career opportunities.