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November 03, 2004

Assembly Bill 56: Child care, development, and education

Author:
Assemblymember Darrell Steinberg

Summary:
AB 56 was gutted and amended to "declare the intent of the Legislature that the state develop a strategy to ensure that children have access to preschool programs." AB 56 was radically amended at the last minute in the Assembly Appropriations Committee merely to get it out of the Assembly and into the Senate. It is very possible that this bill will be amended in the Senate to add back in many or all of the provisions which were in the original bill. As originally introduced, AB 56 would have lowered the compulsory education age from 6 to 5 years and would establish a voluntary universal preschool program as an incremental step toward 3 year-old compulsory education.

Status:
Passed Assembly. In Senate.

Position:
OPPOSE

Requested Action:
None at this time.

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