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Students introduced to new TK grade in California

Monday, August 20, 2012

KGO-TV ABC Channel 7

Today, as some major Bay Area school districts begin a new school year, the youngest of students are entering a new grade, the first new level in California primary education in over a century—it’s called Transitional Kindergarten.

11th District Senator Joe Simitian was a driving force behind the new grade. He says it benefits the children and the entire educational community.

“Over all the years we have had too many kids who have been held back over the years unnecessarily, too many kids who need remedial help, too many kids who were placed in special education unnecessarily and not only has that been a struggle for them and their families, but it has been a cost to the schools and the public at large,” said Simitian.

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