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We advocate – as a matter of justice – for the high quality education of every child. We affirm each parent’s right, and the responsibility, to direct their childrens' education. We support an exceptional K-12 teaching force serving all California's students. We believe educational reforms are best realized closest to actual learning experiences.

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April 25, 2014 Education

More than 1.8 million California school students were truant from their schools in 2011-2012 - nearly 30 percent of all public school students. Eighty three thousand elementary school students in the state risk academic failure by being chronically truant, missing more than 10 percent of the school year.

It’s a situation that has lawmakers pondering how to lower that rate.

April 1, 2014 Education

In 2010, California changed the date when five-year-olds became eligible for kindergarten. In the process the state also essentially expanded kindergarten to a two-year program. Variously known as universal pre-school or transitional kindergarten, the extra voluntary year focuses on the alphabet, numbers, colors and other basic skills needed for kindergarten, which is now far more academic than in decades past.

SB 837, co-authored by a slew of Democratic State Senators, would provide funding and set standards to significantly expand the program in California.  

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