Calif. Governor signs Kindergarten Age Bill

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  1. TeacherShelly

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    For those following the story, the bill to move the age of kindergarten entry to "5 by September 1," from "5 by December 1," the bill has been signed!
     
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    That is awesome!!!
     
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    I wish ours was August 1st instead of Oct 15th.
     
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    That is really nice! I'm really glad it was changed!
     
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    YAY, that's awesome! We have a September 1st cutoff, and I cannot imagine a December 1st cutoff.
     
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    That's great! I had a student last year that had moved from California. We have a Sept 1st cutoff, so he was 3 months younger than any others and it was very obvious.
     
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    I am worried about how it will affect those of us who teach 4/5 year olds. What about this transition year? Will it be preschool teachers or elementary teachers? Are we going to be out of preschool jobs? It makes me nervous for myself - selfishly - although I know it is better for children. Sigh....
     
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    I just wish our state would actually make K mandatory :(
     
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    K is not mandatory in California, either. In fact, schooling is not mandatory until the year the student will be 7 by Dec.1.
     
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    I am delighted! I teach first grade and see the pain for the young ones. I can not believe it took so long. I wonder how the state will create the pre k. Our school yard is probably breaking the minimum of size.
     
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    September is certainly a better cut off than Dec considering what is done in Kindergarten these days. Glad to hear about the change.
     
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    Why would you be out of preschool jobs. You will have more children still in preschool next year then normal and the year after it will be back to the normal amount.
     
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    Our school district made it a July 1 cut off several years ago.
    The only exception they have made so far was for siblings who are not quite a year apart and would have been in the same grade.

    It was one on the reasons are students test well...yet some of our conference schools view it as cheating. We view it as being realistic.
     
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    Our cut-off is December 31st.
     
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    Does it mean I can sent my 5 year olds back to kindergarten?
     
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    That is such wonderful news. You really can see the difference in the young ones. I am struggling with that myself, but we have an extra year in between Kinder (well, here they have about 3 or 4 years of kinder-so it's like preschool, but they call it K1, k2, and so forth)and 1st grade,which is pre-first. That's because kids have to be speaking English before they enter 1st grade. Now that I am accustomed to our ages in 1st (which would make them about 1 year older than the average 1st grader in the states), it shocks me that 1st graders over there are so young. We use US curriculum, and the ones who struggle the most have been the ones who are about 6 years old. All the other students are 7, which is normal here.
     
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    That's really interesting! I wonder if we're pushing our littles too much in the States. :( I definitely have a handful of second graders that I wish I could send back to 1st for a few months.
     
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    I believe in my district the requirement is 5 by September 15th.

    My brother was born september 14th :p
     
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    Interesting. I knew kinder was not mandatory in CA but I didn't know about the other fact. Good to know.
     
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    Children 6-18 are required to go to school. If a child is going to be 7 by the Dec. 2 (sorry I was saying Dec. 1 but it is Dec. 2) cutoff, he or she has to go.
     
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    I teach a transitional class. I have students that started young and need a year to catch up before heading to 1st grade. Teachers tell me that they really see a difference in those kids that I had when they hit 3rd grade. For my own son, I really did not see a difference until middle school. I am so glad I gave him the extra year...especially since he would have turned 18 AFTER his high school graduation if I hadn't. And I am not ready to let him go.
     
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    I guess, technically, they are required to be receiving instruction, but not necessarily be "in school," hence home-schooling - a whole other issue.

    My instructor says the change in the date will not start until 2012.
     
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    Our cut off is 5 by March 1st. They are looking at changing it to Dec. 31st.
     

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