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March 16, 2012

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SACRAMENTO – Early Intervention for School Success (EISS), a statewide program dedicated to increasing student achievement and lowering retention rates, has named State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) “Education Advocate of the Year” for his work authoring Senate Bill 1381, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.

Senate Bill 1381 gradually increases the minimum age eligibility for entering kindergarten to 5 years old by September 1, and establishes a Transitional Kindergarten for those born between September 2 and December 2.

The award was given at the organization’s annual Research Institute for Grantees in Palm Springs on Wednesday.

“Senator Joe Simitian was unanimously selected as the 2012 EISS Education Advocate of the Year for his dedication to supporting California’s youngest learners through his work to pass and protect the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010,” said Cathy Wietstock, Director of Early Intervention for School Success.  “This commitment reflects the core philosophy of EISS.”

Simitian said, “It’s particularly gratifying to receive this recognition from educators working on the front-lines to ensure success for these younger kids. They ‘get it.’ They know how critical these early learning years are.”

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