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HEADS UP: CA

Filed at 5:57 am under by dcobranchi

Pending Assembly Bill 1236 would lower (not raise) the compulsory attendance age:

In California, all 5-year-olds could be starting school by 2011 if a bill by Assemblyman Gene Mullin for mandatory kindergarten passes, but home school advocates argue it decreases beneficial parent contact time with children.

Mullin, D-South San Francisco, proposes raising the minimum age to enter kindergarten from 5 years old by Dec. 2 to 5 years old by Sept. 1 and requiring those children to attend school. Current law doesn’t require students to attend school until age 6, making kindergarten optional. At this point, about 8 percent of students in California don’t attend kindergarten, said Mullin. He hopes his bill — which will be discussed in the education committee today — will give more students a strong educational foundation. The bill is Assembly Bill 1236.

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5 Responses to “HEADS UP: CA”


Comment by
christine
April 25th, 2007
at 9:39 am

I’d be interested in seeing how those 8% that skip kindergarten fare academically compared to their peers that attended K.


Comment by
Nance Confer
April 25th, 2007
at 9:49 am

“home school advocates” what?

This makes no sense.

If I’m hsing in CA, why would I have less contact with my child if I have to do whatever paperwork is involved 6 months earlier?

Nance


Comment by
Lisa Giebitz
April 25th, 2007
at 10:23 am

The Nanny State is trying desperately to strike again.

Doesn’t it make sense that those 8% don’t want their kids to go to Kindergarten, so they’d just homeschool for it anyway if the law passed?


Comment by
Tammy Takahashi
April 25th, 2007
at 11:44 am

This is going to committee today. We’ve been calling and writing for over a week.

Oh, and this “Private and Home Educators of California” group mentioned in the article, run by an HSLDA guy – never heard of them. We have three state-wide groups here in Cali – CHN, HSC and CHEA, and I work with lots of different groups here, and never heard of this ‘advocacy group’. Gonna have to do some research on them.

About the bill – it’s not about the kids at all. It’s about universal preschool, and making it so that K teachers have to be certified, paid a certain amount, accountable, etc. They know that lowering the school age won’t significantly increase the number of kids who go to K. Most people don’t even know that K isn’t mandatory.