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SB 1381 - Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (21-15) - (Key vote)

Title: Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that increases the age requirement for admitting children to kindergarten and first grade.

Highlights:
  • Amends the age requirement for children to be admitted into kindergarten as follows (Sec. 3):
    • Existing law: if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year; and
    • New law:
      • For the 2011-2012 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year;
      • For the 2012-2013 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before November 1 of that school year;
      • For the 2013-2014 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before October 1 of that school year; and
      • For the 2014-2015 school year and each school year thereafter, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 of that school year.
  • Retains an existing authorization for children to be admitted on a case-by-case basis if they have or will attain the age of 5 sometime during the school year and the governing board and the child's parent or guardian both agree that admission is in the best interest of the child (Sec. 3).
  • Requires school districts or charter schools to admit children to a transitional kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is "age and developmentally appropriate" as part of a 2 year kindergarten program if the child meets the following age requirements (Sec. 3):
    • For the 2012-2013 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between November 2 and December 2 of that school year;
    • For the 2013-2014 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between October 2 and December 2 of that school year; and
    • For the 2014-2015 school year and each school year thereafter, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 of that school year.
  • Amends the age requirement for children to be admitted into first grade as follows (Sec. 3):
    • -Existing law: if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year; and -New law:
    • For the 2011-2012 school year, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year;
    • For the 2012-2013 school year, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before November 1 of that school year;
    • For the 2013-2014 school year, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before October 1 of that school year; and
    • For the 2014-2015 school year and each school year thereafter, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before September 1 of that school year.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (51-18) - (Key vote)

Title: Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that increases the age requirement for admitting children to kindergarten and first grade.

Highlights:
  • Amends the age requirement for children to be admitted into kindergarten as follows (Sec. 3):
    • Existing law: if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year; and
    • New law:
      • For the 2011-2012 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year;
      • For the 2012-2013 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before November 1 of that school year;
      • For the 2013-2014 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before October 1 of that school year; and
      • For the 2014-2015 school year and each school year thereafter, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1 of that school year.
  • Retains an existing authorization for children to be admitted on a case-by-case basis if they have or will attain the age of 5 sometime during the school year and the governing board and the child's parent or guardian both agree that admission is in the best interest of the child (Sec. 3).
  • Requires school districts or charter schools to admit children to a transitional kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is "age and developmentally appropriate" as part of a 2 year kindergarten program if the child meets the following age requirements (Sec. 3):
    • For the 2012-2013 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between November 2 and December 2 of that school year;
    • For the 2013-2014 school year, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between October 2 and December 2 of that school year; and
    • For the 2014-2015 school year and each school year thereafter, if the child will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 of that school year.
  • Amends the age requirement for children to be admitted into first grade as follows (Sec. 3):
    • -Existing law: if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year; and -New law:
    • For the 2011-2012 school year, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before December 2 of that school year;
    • For the 2012-2013 school year, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before November 1 of that school year;
    • For the 2013-2014 school year, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before October 1 of that school year; and
    • For the 2014-2015 school year and each school year thereafter, if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or before September 1 of that school year.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (28-4) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Increasing Age Requirements for Kindergarten and First Grade

Sponsors

Co-sponsors

  • Julia Brownley (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Tony Mendoza (CA - D) (Out Of Office)
  • George C. Runner Jr. (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
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