California Fair Share

A grassroots campaign to make sure everyone gets a fair shot, pays their fair share and plays by the same rules

JOIN US: PETITION DELIVERY AT REP. AMI BERA’S OFFICE OF 1000+ LOCAL SIGNATURES SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          

Dec. 2, 2013

CONTACT: Patrick Stelmach, 916-817-9148Patrick@fairshareonline.org                                                                                                                               

MEDIA ADVISORY: PARENTS, EDUCATION ADVOCATES TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO STOP CUTS, EXPAND EARLY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN

Rancho Cordova, CA  – On Wednesday, California Fair Share, parents and other education advocates will call on Congress to pass the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, a 10-year initiative to improve education for children from birth through their fifth year. The groups will deliver more than 1,000 petition signatures to Rep. Ami Bera, demanding that Congress stop further cuts to education funding and expand opportunities for young children.

Studies show that early learning and care are key to closing the academic achievement gap – and producing the skilled workforce critical to the success of our nation’s economy. But California has cut early education funding to the tune of $1 billion since 2008.

California Fair Share will hold a news conference at Rep. Ami Bera’s congressional district office this Wednesday, Dec. 4.

 

Who: Patrick Stelmach, California Fair Share

Rick Mockler, California Head Start Association
Raquel Simental, Planned Parenthood

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What: News conference

When:  2 PM, Wednesday, Dec. 4

Where: Rep. Ami Bera’s District Office, 11070 White Rock Road, Suite 195, Rancho Cordova

Background: The Strong Start for America’s Children Act, sponsored in the House by Reps. Richard Hanna, R-NY, and George Miller, D-CA, and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, was introduced earlier this month. It would create a new state-federal formula for grants to fund the expansion of preschool for lower-income 4-year-olds. States such as California would funnel the new money down to various entities, ranging from school districts and charter schools to child care centers and Head Start programs that demonstrate they can be “high-quality, local providers.”

Quote: “It’s time for California to once again be a leader in education. The $1 billion in cuts from early education during the recession left our children, who were already falling behind other states, with even fewer opportunities,” said Mark Friedman, CEO of First 5 Alameda and co-chair of Raising California Together. “In recent national tests, California’s 4th graders ranked 47th in the nation in both math and reading. And according to the National Assessment of Education Progress, California has one of the nation’s largest achievement gaps separating white and Latino students in English and math.”

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 California Fair Share stands for an America where everyone gets their fair share, does their fair share, and pays their fair share; and where everyone plays by the same rules. Find out more at www.fairshareonline.org

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