More California kids would attend preschool under push in Legislature

Democrats return to the California Capitol on Monday with their strongest political advantage in decades poised to fulfill a huge item on their list of pent-up demands: Vastly expanded access to preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Their plan comes with a big price tag, a problem that has doomed past proposals, most recently with outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown. But with huge legislative majorities and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, who called for more spending on early education in his campaign, they see an opportunity.

California to End For-Profit Charter Schools

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed AB 406 into law by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), which will prohibit for-profit corporations from managing and operating charter schools in the Golden State.

California Legislators Double Down on Community College Promise by Introducing Measure to Make Associate Degrees Free for All Students

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – As the initial wave of first-time, full-time students begin their newly-free classes at community colleges across California, Assembly leaders debuted a measure stating the legislature’s intent to waive fees for all in-state students’ second academic year.  In doing so, an Associate Degree would effectively become free for all students in California.