Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hot topic: Proposed kinder cutoff date

This from a reader:

California K cutoff date might change. The new age requirement would be phased in over three years beginning in 2012.

http://www.senatorsimitian.com/entry/sb_1381_kindergarten_age/

So phased over three years:

2012/2013 - cut off Nov. 1
2013/2014 - cut off Oct. 1
2014/2013 - cut off Sept. 1

14 comments:

  1. If a child with a late birthday does kinder at a private or home school, what happens when they start kinder in public? Will they be moved up?

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  2. Moved up to 1st grade? When you apply for SFUSD, you choose to apply for either K or 1st grade if you meet the cutoff date for both K and 1st.

    Some schools may advance a child from K to 1st, but only if they meet the age requirement.

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  3. I have a summer then two fall b'day kids. The older kids could be two years apart (only 26 mos apart), but by the time the third starts K, he would miss the cut-off. So he would be 4 years behind the middle child. I'm thinking I should hold both Sept. kids back a year and then have all three kids three years apart in school. Instead of two, 2 years apart and then the third kid trailing so far behind. I worry he'll always feel left out.

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  4. I specifically tried to time my kids so they were two years apart in school and am due with #2 right now. Due date: 9/2! I am certainly frustrated.

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  5. 7:53 am: Start all your kids late. There's homework in K!!! Let them "just be kids" for the extra year.

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  6. I also believe there should be an age restriction for those who red-shirt their kids. This year my late fall was in a class with kids who were turning 6 and one student turned 7 by Spring. Not fair to my little one who constantly compared himself to his older classmates!

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  7. They *will* make exceptions if you miss the cut off but your kid is absolutely ready for kindergarten. Don't worry.

    This is a GREAT move. Middle class families red-shirting contributes to the so-called achievement gap.

    The oldest child in my son's kindergarten class is a girl who turned six in October. The Mother complains that kindergarten is too easy for her child! Meanwhile, the immigrant children who entered the school at age 4 are really struggling.

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  8. I'm the one w/the three kids, summer then two Sept. b'days. I thought about holding them all back. But my oldest is a girl, very tall for her age and seems very mature. I think she is already going to be taller than most kids in her class and if she is a year older too it will be worse. Plus when they hit puberty she'll develop sooner than everybody else and be taller. Not to mention she might be bored in school. I worry that she'll act out if she's bored. She's already quite spirited. So I'm starting her and will probably hold my middle boy sept. back and then third boy sept. will be held back with the new cut off dates.

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  9. As a parent of 3 fall children I wouldn't have minded an earlier cut-off just because there is so much pressure about making the "right" decision.

    But honestly, this law is not for OUR CHILDREN. It is entirely so the state will save $$$MILLIONS of dollars and probably not put it back into education. Whether you think it is good or not it a sheep in wolf's clothing.

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  10. I am having a hard time understanding the concern about whether your kids are two or three years apart in school. Enough of us didn't have the option of "timing" our kids, but had to wait for it to take the time it took, and so what is they are three or two or five years apart?? If they are three years apart you are still going to get them into the same public elementary school. Four-year-olds should not be in Kindergarten. Even if they are mature, they will never get that year of play back.

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  11. Reminder: the proposed changes in birth date cut-off for kindergarten are just that - A MERE PROPOSAL in the legislature. It hasn't passed the Assembly, where it was introduced, let alone the state Senate, and even if both houses passed the bill, the governor would still have to sign it before it became law. Even then it could be held up in litigation.

    The legislature is facing another tough summer, with a $20 billion budget deficit, a $2 billion in federal government aid that probably won't materialize, and a 33% renewable-energy bill that both the legislature and Gov. Schwarzenegger are keen to push through before he ends his lame-duck term at the end of the year. So it's quite possible this kindergarten age bill won't go anywhere this year.

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  12. This needs to pass! Four year olds are not ready for today's full day Kindergarten. It is cruel to put a four year old in a class of more than 20 other students with only one teacher who usually has no help. Rather than emphasizing child development, Kindergarten is more like first grade these days. This includes a child being able to focus enough on daily lessons to learn how to read. If more parents knew this, they would think twice about enrolling their babies in public school too early. The students never catch up emotionally or academically and by the time they reach fourth grade they are the ones feeling bad because they are not ready for long division and so much more. Even a few months can be a huge difference in brain development.

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  13. It's a little presumptive to say that middle class parents are waiting so kids are more succesful. How about us parents of fall babies who are going 0/14 as of now, late July? May be THAT is why I'm going to wait until next year??

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