Bill Will Keep Some 4-Year-Olds From Starting Kindergarten

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Thousands of 4-year-olds will be held back from entering California’s kindergartens under a bill approved by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The law he signed Thursday moves up the cutoff date by one month each year for three years, from the current Dec. 2 deadline to Sept. 1. California has one of the latest start dates in the nation.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates the state could save $700 million per year by reducing enrollment.

The money will go to fund “transitional kindergarten” programs for 4-year-olds who are no longer eligible for kindergarten.

Critics say the cost of SB1381 will end up exceeding the savings, while supporters say it is cost-neutral.

The state Department of Education says about 100,000 of California’s 430,000 kindergartners start before their 5th birthday.

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  • Andy R.

    Well, we were 49th out of 50 states in Education. It wouldn’t surprise me if we dropped to last place.

  • MMcK

    90 % Anchor Babies

  • nat

    this sucks!


    Lovely. Let’s hold our kids back. Why teach them to read before they can buy their own books.

    Let’s pretend it will save us money, and then spend more for transitional K then it would cost to just start them in Kindergarten!

    Good jiob, California.

    How is that for an anti-school sentiment that will add flames to our gang problems?


  • alex r.

    and this is how we show interest in the future generation!!!cutting on their eduation!! how ignorant, thank you mr. governor, hope i dont hear”i’ll be back”

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