Schools: New year brings new education laws

01.01.2012 | Visalia Times-Delta | Victor Garcia

With the new year comes some new laws affecting schools and colleges, most notably is the Kindergarten Readiness Act.

The Kindergarten Readiness Act requires school districts to offer transitional kindergarten and changes the birth date requirement for students entering kindergarten.

This year a student must be age 5 by Nov. 1 to start kindergarten. If the student isn’t 5 years old by that date, parents have the option of enrolling the student in transitional kindergarten for a year.

Several laws, Assembly Bill 124, 250 and Senate Bill 140, are an effort to align curriculum in schools to what are known as the Common Core Standards.

The Common Core Standards is a voluntary, state-led effort to develop a national set of standards for math, English and literacy for elementary, middle and high school students.

For colleges, California Dream takes effect this year.

The California Dream Act exempts persons without lawful immigration status who qualify from paying non-resident tuition at California colleges.

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