Here is a sample support letter for AB 1363.

There are 3 ways to send your letter to Governor Newsom:

  1. Email via the Governor’s website: Just follow these 5 simple steps. We encourage you to use this method!

  2. U.S. Mail 
    Mailing address: Governor Gavin Newsom
    1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814

  3. Fax your letter to 916-558-3160.

After submitting your letter to the Governor, please also send a copy of your letter to:

Judy Yee
Legislative Director
Assemblymember Luz Rivas, District 39
State Capitol, Room 3126, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 319-2039 | Fax: (916) 319-2139
Email: judy.yee@asm.ca.gov

Date

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor, State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

AB 1363 (L. Rivas) – REQUEST FOR SIGNATURE

Dear Governor Newsom,

[ORGANIZATION NAME] respectfully requests your signature on Assembly Bill (AB) 1363 (L. Rivas), which will take the first critical step of capturing key data about Dual Language Learners (DLLs) in the California State Preschool Program―a key recommendation included in your Master Plan for Early Learning and Care. This data will help to guide instruction, build on DLLs’ linguistic skills and needs, and support quality early learning.

Specifically, AB 1363 would require the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a standard process for California State Preschool providers to identify the DLLs they enroll and serve and requires providers to report key information about them. The information will support the ability of teachers, providers, and state policymakers to make informed decisions over resources and other important elements of preschool programs, including instructional strategies, that could be leveraged to support the long-term academic success of DLLs while nurturing and developing their early linguistic assets.

Bilingualism and biculturalism are tremendous assets to both individuals and to society as a whole. Children who are bilingual demonstrate improved outcomes in both academic and social development at a time when the demand for bilingual workers is growing and anticipated to increase even further. AB 1363 is in alignment with the state’s positive shift to acknowledging bilingualism as a linguistic and cultural diversity asset.

Given that DLLs represent 60% of children from birth to age five in California, the need for
AB 1363 is now. The bill will illuminate ways to improve DLLs’ academic and social outcomes while ensuring that they have the skills they need to be successful in a global economy.
For these reasons, we respectfully request your signature on AB 1363.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
TITLE
ORGANIZATION

cc:     The Honorable Luz Rivas
          Joey Freeman, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
          Giannina Perez, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
          The Honorable Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
          Brooks Allen, State Board of Education
          Debra Brown, State Board of Education
          Jessica Holmes, Department of Finance
          Gabrielle Santoro, Department of Finance