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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fight to revive SF transitional kindergarten plan

From SFGate,
Dozens of San Francisco parents are fighting a school district decision to abandon plans for transitional kindergarten, a program created by state law to prepare children not quite ready for regular kindergarten.

Transitional kindergarten was to begin next fall for a small number of kids who won't turn 5 years old until after next Nov. 1.

While California lawmakers decide whether to fund the program, the families' applications for transitional kindergarten have been set aside.

The financial impact

The state could save about $675 million if it doesn't fund transitional kindergarten, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office. Many districts have said they couldn't support the program without the $6,000 per child in state funding they would receive to pay for it.

If the state decides to stick with transitional kindergarten, San Francisco school officials have said they will offer it at two early-education sites, both located on the southeast side of town - in the Bayview and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods.
Read more at SFGate

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