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San Francisco to offer transitional kindergarten after all

03.09.2012 | EdSource | Louis Freedberg

The San Francisco Unified School District, which in January announced it would not offer Transitional Kindergarten after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed eliminating the program, has changed course and decided to offer the program after all.

Those eligible will be students who are born in a single month and year — between November 2 and December 2, 2007.

The program will only be offered at two sites — Harvard Early
Education School and McLaren Early Education School — which will almost
certainly make it unreachable for some parents who may be interested in
enrolling in the program.

The governor’s January budget proposes both cutting funding for
Transitional Kindergarten and removing the requirement that districts
provide special transitional classes for children who turn 5 between
Nov. 2 and Dec. 2. These children became ineligible to enter regular
kindergarten in fall 2012 under the state’s Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.
If the Legislature were to reject the governor’s proposal and continue
the Transitional Kindergarten requirement, school districts would have
to provide transitional kindergarten classes this fall.

In a statement on its website, the district cited “uncertainty of
whether or not California is going to fund and continue to mandate
Transitional Kindergarten” as the reason for its decision to offer the
program. If the Legislature decides to keep the mandate, the district
would still meet its requirements by offering the program in two
schools.

“In order to minimize disruption to the majority of the applicant
families and to act in a financially responsible manner, the District
needs to plan for stand-alone TK programs at sites that can accommodate
TK children,” the district said on its website.

For more information on Transitional Kindergarten, please see these related articles on EdSource Extra.

For more information about San Francisco Unified’s program, please see the district website.

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