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Governor signs Sept. 1 start for kindergarten

  • 10-01-2010
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Blog by John Fensterwald/Educated Guess

California has now joined nearly every state in requiring that children be five years old when starting kindergarten. Hours before the midnight deadline for deciding on legislation, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill that will move up the cutoff for kindergarten from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1 and fund an extra year of transition kindergarten for those 4-year-olds who no longer will be eligible for regular kindergarten because of the change. The passage of Sen. Joe Simitian’s Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 (SB 1381), probably the most significant education bill of the session, ends a two-decade campaign to change the entrance date for kindergarten. (more…)

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