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UC RIVERSIDE: Study shows ethnic disparity in politics

June 30, 2016 By Mark Muckenfuss The Press Enterprise Asian and Latino residents in California are far less likely to participate in politics, whether it’s voting, attending political meetings or contacting elected officials, a new UC Riverside study says. “Unequal Voices: California’s Racial Disparities in Political Participation,” a joint study by UCR’s School of Public

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Report: Separate transitional kindergarten class may better prepare students for kindergarten

June 22, 2016 EdSource by Jeremy Hay Most classrooms in California’s transitional kindergarten program are stand-alone classes that may better prepare children for kindergarten than classes that combine transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students, according to a report released Wednesday. Transitional kindergarten is a separate program for 4-year-olds who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec.

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CA budget plan preserves transitional kindergarten, adds preschool spots

June 10,2016 KPCC By Dorian Merina The budget deal reached by California legislative leaders and Governor Jerry Brown would add preschool slots, allow local preschools to raise wages for their workers, and preserve the transitional kindergarten program for 4-year-olds that was at risk of being cut entirely. “This is a victory of California families,” said

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Should California use early education funding for all, or only the needy?

May 27, 2016 KPCC By Deepa Fernandes When then-state senator Joe Simitian spearheaded an initiative to move the kindergarten birthday cutoff date from December to September in 2010, he wanted to make sure that the 4-year-old kids who would be excluded from starting that year wouldn’t languish. That’s why he drove the creation of transitional

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Los Angeles destinará fondos ahorrados por Proposición 47 a la comunidad

May 2, 2016 La Opinion  By Eduardo Stanley El pasado 12 de abril, el condado de Los Angeles aprobó dos resoluciones relacionadas a la Proposición 47, aceptada por los votantes en noviembre de 2014 y que contribuyó a la reducción de la población carcelaria en el estado de California. La primera resolución busca detectar mejor

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Bipartisan budget subcommittee rejects Governor’s early childhood proposals

April 12, 2016 89.3 KPCC By Deepa Fernandes Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to overhaul the state’s early learning system by consolidating all of the state’s programs into one large block grant was roundly criticized in Sacramento on Tuesday. Speaking before the Assembly’s budget subcommittee on education finance, committee members and prominent advocates spoke out against

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Early education advocates take $800 million ‘ask’ to Sacramento

April 10,2016 Ed Source By Jeremy Hay Early childhood education advocates and providers head to budget hearings in Sacramento this week with a big “ask”: $800 million for preschool and other early learning programs. That would put early education spending somewhat higher than it was before the 2007-08 economic collapse, though still with about 75,000

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Where are all the Prop 47 savings? L.A. County has no idea

April 6, 2016 L.A. Times Read the full article. The Los Angeles County auditor reported Tuesday that Proposition 47 has generated millions of dollars in cost savings, but the most significant part of his findings had to do with the county’s jarringly inadequate grasp of the basic numbers that describe and measure its workload. You

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Governor’s budget proposal may affect future of transitional kindergarten

Ed Source March 10, 2016 By Susan Frey After years of effort to implement transitional kindergarten, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate the requirement that school districts offer the program, which provides an extra year of public school for 4-year-olds with fall birthdays. His proposal would also allow districts that offer it to charge enrollment

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