|Posted by Sonia on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM|
Last night, the NYS Assembly passed legislation allowing New York City to make kindergarten mandatory.
Our heartfelt thanks to Speaker Silver, Assemblywoman Nolan, and every member of the Assembly who voted in favor of this important legislation. A special thank you as well to everyone who's signed our online "Kindergarten is a Right!" petition.
Thousands of children enter the first grade each year without ever having set foot in a classroom simply because kindergarten isn't mandatory. That's why we've been working with Assemblywoman Nolan and Senator Flanagan, who are sponsoring S7015 and A9861, to help change this and make sure every child in NYC gets a strong, healthy start in school. Thanks to the Assembly's action last night, we are now a major step closer to that goal.
However, additional action is still needed from the Senate and Governor Cuomo in order to make mandatory kindergarten a reality.
LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING!
If you haven't had a chance to yet, please take a moment to sign our online "Kindergarten is a Right!" petition. Help us make that final push before the state legislative session ends this summer! (You can find the petition online here: http://www.council.nyc.gov/html/action_center/mandatory_kindergarten.shtml.) And please urge your family, friends and neighbors to sign our petition too. Together we can help make sure all of our city's children enter school ready to succeed!
Thanks so much, and we'll be sure to keep you posted on any new developments and actions you can take in support of this important effort.
Christine C. Quinn