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4/18/2012 3:54:45 PM
Mike Smith HSLDA--Roy Hanson FPM
California: UPDATE: AB 2203 - 5-Year-Old Compulsory Education

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California: UPDATE: AB 2203 - 5-Year-Old Compulsory Education

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE ALERT UPDATE - April 18, 2012
From: Mike Smith--HSLDA and Roy Hanson--Family Protection Ministries
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Bill: AB 2203 (as introduced 2/23/12) - 5-Year-Old Compulsory
Education
Author: State Assembly Member V. Manuel Perez

Position: Strongly OPPOSE

Thanks for your important phone calls!

Status: AB 2203 passed the Assembly Education Committee on April 11.
Although the committee made some minor amendments to AB 2203, our
position is that no amendments will help. The bill is now in the
Assembly Appropriations Committee waiting to be assigned a hearing
date. We will keep you updated as further information becomes
available.

Below is the record of the vote taken at the Education Committee
hearing:

Ayes 6 - Noes 4: Pass

Ayes

Julia Brownley (D)
Tom Ammiano (D)
Betsy Butler (D)
Wilmer Amina Carter (D)
Mike Eng (D)
Das Williams (D)

Noes

Chris Norby (R)
Shannon Grove (R)
Linda Halderman (R)
Donald Wagner (R)

Absent, Abstaining, or Not Voting
Joan Buchanan (D)

Summary of Concern:
AB 2203 would lower the compulsory education age from 6 to 5 years of
age, in effect making kindergarten mandatory. AB 2203 also would take
another step toward forcing a mandatory state-licensed preschool
program for all 3- and 4-year-olds.

Action Items:
No action is needed at this time. We will follow up with another
email action alert when the next action is needed. A big thank-you to
those who contacted the Assembly expressing your opposition to the
bill. Please be alert, as we will need your help again in the near
future.

This action alert was sent out by

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HSLDA
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