Commentary: Everyone loves pre-K, but no one’s asking the key question: How do we train early educators?
As I’ve recently written, most of the hottest K–12 topics are already settled for the 2016 election cycle. But that doesn’t mean that education is going to be entirely relegated to the sidelines. Keep an eye on early education policy, where various candidates have strong interest in and credentials for making their mark with new, interesting (or, erm, “interesting”)...
By Conor Williams | May 2, 2016
LAUSD and 40 other advocates urging governor to sign pre-K bill
More than 40 agencies, representing a diverse coalition of bipartisan support, are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill requiring preschool for all children in low-income families. The governor has until Oct. 11 to sign or veto the bill. The bill is sponsored by Early Edge California, an educational advocacy group that is working...
By Mike Szymanski | September 28, 2015
New coalition seeks answers to state’s early education woes
Despite a state budget flush with extra billions for education, Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving criticism from some early education advocates for a “strikingly minimal” approach to early education funding. In response to the growing body of evidence of the importance of preschool, a coalition of academics, lawmakers, community leaders and business leaders has created...
By Craig Clough | May 29, 2015
UTLA to ‘pack the board’ meeting, early ed in the spotlight
The LA teachers union, UTLA, has had a busy, visible 2014-15 school year, staging numerous rallies, boycotts and strike threats on the way to securing a new three-year contract and 10.4 percent raise. But before the school year is out — or technically, just after, as the last day of class for LA Unifed is...
By Craig Clough | May 28, 2015
Report: California lagging in preschool quality standards
Just as LA Unified is planning big cuts to a preschool program, a new report that says California is lagging behind other states in the quality of its early education programs. The annual report, The State of Preschool 2014, was prepared by the National Institute for Early Education Research and focuses on 10 quality preschool standards...
By Craig Clough | May 12, 2015
Torlakson, Democrats backing measure to expand pre-K
Democratic lawmakers and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are sponsoring new legislation to provide free public preschool to every four-year-old child in California. The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014, introduced by Darrel Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and co-sponsored by Torlakson and Early Edge California, will expand access to transitional kindergarten programs to all four year old children, no...
By Chase Niesner | January 10, 2014