Common Sense Kids Action Commends Governor Brown, Senate President de Leon, and Speaker Atkins for Agreeing on a Budget that Makes Significant Progress For Kids and Schools

We recognize California's efforts to prioritize kids in its state budget. By Jim Steyer
Topics: California
Common Sense Kids Action Commends Governor Brown, Senate President de Leon, and Speaker Atkins for Agreeing on a Budget that Makes Significant Progress For Kids and Schools

The California State Budget agreement announced today by Governor Jerry Brown and the leaders of the state legislature will see the state take some common sense strides towards prioritizing our kids and schools. 

While it doesn’t include everything we wanted, we are pleased to see a significant increase in money going to our schools; the establishment of a state Earned Income Tax Credit; the expansion of Medi-Cal to thousands of low-income undocumented children, and new investments in teacher effectiveness.

We are disappointed that this budget does not provide as much as we hoped for early childhood. We thank Speaker Atkins, Senate President de León, legislators, and early childhood advocates for making this a priority in the budget this year. This setback highlights one of the reasons Common Sense Kids Action created the Right Start Commission last month. We look forward to presenting a plan later this year that our policymakers can embrace to modernize California’s early childhood services because every child deserves a fair start in life.

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Parent of a 12 and 14 year old written by beth n.

Are you kidding me? Spending more money that we don't have is progress??! Throwing more money at bad government programs gives a FALSE illusion of helping kids. Bankrupting the state, or worse the Federal Government, with added entitlements such as universal preschool and Obamacare is the worst thing we can do for kids and puts THEIR future at risk. THEY are the generation that will have to pay for it all due to the poor planning of this generation. Shame on you and Jerry Brown! Have you not seen any of the news coverage of Greece? Hello? That is where we are headed. The best thing for kids is to tighten our belt, teach them personal and fiscal responsibility, and help the economy grow so they can have jobs and upward mobility. Then they can pay for their own families' needs from cradle to grave instead of depending on the government. That is true common sense, and you don't need to be a Stanford professor to figure this out! This site used to provide some decent movie information, but I'm afraid it's taken a decidedly left turn into the realm of politics - and a bunch of utter nonsense. I will go find my movie info somewhere else. Now where is that unsubscribe link....

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