Action alert – Mandatory Kindergarten Measure, AB 1444

TAKE ACTION: Call or fax Gov. Jerry Brown and urge him to sign AB 1444 (Buchanan/Weber) that would require completion of kindergarten as a prerequisite to first grade enrollment.

Call the governor’s office at 916-445-2841. Press 1 for English; press 4 to speak with a representative of the governor. Only calls made between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. will be answered. There is no message-recording device for leaving messages prior to 9:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. Support letters or brief notes should contain the bill number, your name and address. Fax letters and notes to the governor at 916-558-3160.

Key message: CTA believes in providing students with a quality education beginning the very moment they get to our schools. Mandatory kindergarten before first grade will help build the critical skills for student success.

CTA sponsored AB 1444 because kindergarten provides students with that much-needed, early learning that prepares them to succeed throughout their academic careers. Studies show students from lower socio-economic circumstances do better when they attend kindergarten.

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