New bill could raise age for kindergarten enrollment

05.03.2010 |

A new bill moving through Sacramento could raise the age that children are required to be when they enter kindergarten.

The bill, being considered in the state Legislature, is authored by Sen. Joe Simitian, a Democrat out of Palo Alto. It would require kids to have turned 5 years old by September 1 to begin kindergarten in that school year. The current cut-off date is December 2, one of the latest in the country.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates the bill could save the state $700 million per year by reducing enrollment. Half of those savings would be directed to preschool programs and the rest would help balance California’s $20 billion deficit.

Today, KEY News Reporter Ryan Carmel spoke with local parents about what they thought about the proposed legislation. We’ll have that reaction tonight on KEY News at 5 and 6.

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