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Moving kindergarten cut-off date back to Sept. 1 makes sense

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Mercury News


For nearly all parents of kindergartners, the start of school is fraught with worry. Will little Jack or Julia make friends? Learn to read? Play well with others? For parents of “young 5s” — kids whose fifth birthday falls between the start of the school year and California’s late cutoff date, Dec. 2 — it’s even more stressful. And with good reason: These children are far less prepared for what has become a rigorous kindergarten curriculum.

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would like to solve this problem and save the state some money, too.  [...]

It’s rare that doing the right thing for students also saves the state money. Rather than squabbling over details, lawmakers should seize this opportunity to do both.

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