Simitian honored by reading group as ‘Policymaker of the Year’

11.05.2011 | Santa Cruz Sentinel

The California Reading Association is honoring state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, as “Policymaker of the Year.”

Simitian was honored Friday night at the group’s annual dinner in Vacaville. The group chose Simitian for authoring the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010, which requires children to be 5 years old before beginning kindergarten and provides a transitional year to children with fall birthdays.

Simitian said he pushed for the bill due to rising academic demands on children and to help young students struggling to keep up.

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