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Santa Clarita Assemblywoman discusses back-to-school tax breaks in a stay interview with KHTS

In a live interview with KHTS on Wednesday, Santa Clarita MP Suzette Martinez Valladares discussed two bills that are transforming education across California by temporarily exempting school supplies and increasingly focusing childcare in two languages.

Almost three years after the coronavirus pandemic, Valladares has discovered how the lack of equitable access to school supplies and technology could make a generation of learners more likely to fall behind.

“Since parents cannot afford to send their child to preschool or quality daycare, we really expect a generation of young little learners who will be left behind due to the pandemic,” Valladares said.

Valladares, who comes from an extensive background in childcare where she and her mother ran a nonprofit childcare center, introduced Assembly Bill 217, which provides the first $ 100 of each school supply to purchase items such as backpacks, notebooks, and calculators . for free.

“California has the highest sales tax rate in the country,” Valladares said. “And that is what harms low-income families the most. This bill will help California families struggling with inflation and the effects of the pandemic provide their children with the materials they need to be successful in the classroom. “

The sales tax vacation is expected to run for a weekend from July 30, 2022 through August 1, 2022 to help parents, students and teachers source the materials they need to be successful in the classroom, Valladares said.

“It’s so expensive,” said Valladares. “Inflation has gone up, the cost of living has gone up, and affordability is really very high in California. So it was important to me that we do something for parents to save them just a few dollars that they could spend on other things this year. “

Under AB 217 on the last weekend of July, the first $ 1,000 of major school-related purchases such as computers, printers and wireless routers also apply to tax-exempt status.

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Valladares said Assembly Bill 321, proposed by Valladares and passed by key committees on Thursday, is expected to entitle low-income dual language learners to priority enrollment in access to state childcare services and preschools in California.

“This bill will help low-income bilingual learners access vital early childhood education,” Valladares said in a statement on the bill. “By qualifying them for priority enrollment in government childcare services and preschools, AB 321 provides a meaningful way for the state to help them understand English competently before they step on TK-12.”

Faced with challenges their peers may not face, from poverty to the tendency to fall behind academically, children with bilingual learning are given a hopeful head start in the classroom as they learn multiple languages, Valladares said.

“As we already know, it is difficult for those who do not speak English as their first language,” said Valladares. “And over half of California’s children under the age of 6 learn bilingual. The majority, 84 percent of them, speak Spanish, but at least 59 other languages ​​are represented. “

To learn more about the bills, visit FROM 217 and FROM 321.

To find out more about Valladares and what it does for the community, click here.

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