BILL NUMBER: SB 1381	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  MARCH 23, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Simitian

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to amend  Section 48005.55   Sections
48000 and 48010  of the Education Code, relating to the
Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1381, as amended, Simitian. Kindergarten Readiness Pilot
Program. 
   (1) Existing law requires that a child be admitted to kindergarten
at the beginning of a school year, or at any time later in the same
year if the child will have his or her 5th birthday on or before
December 2 of that school year. An elementary school is required to
admit a child to the first grade during the first month of a school
year if the child will have his or her 6th birthday on or before
December 2 of that school year.  
   This bill would change the required birthday for admission to
kindergarten and first grade to November 1 for the 2012-13 school
year, October 1 for the 2013-14 school year, and September 1 for the
2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter. To the extent
those changes establish new administrative duties on the governing
boards of school districts in implementing the changes, they would
impose a state-mandated local program.  
   The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to appropriate
in the annual Budget Act 1/2 of the savings resulting from changes
enacted by this bill for purposes of expanding the state preschool
program. 
   (2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse
local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.  
   This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
statutory provisions.  
   Existing law establishes the Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program,
to be implemented in the 2006-07 school year and requires a
participating school district to offer admission to 1st grade at the
beginning of the school year, or at a later time in the same school
year, only to children who will have their 6th birthday on or before
September 1 of that school year. Under existing law, these provisions
become inoperative on July 1, 2013, and are repealed as of January
1, 2014.  
   This bill would delete the July 1, 2013, inoperative date and the
January 1, 2014, repeal date of those provisions and would instead
provide that the provisions become inoperative on July 1, 2015, and
be repealed as of January 1, 2016. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee:  no
  yes  . State-mandated local program:  no
  yes  .


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    Section 48000 of the  
Education Code   is amended to read: 
   48000.  (a) A child shall be admitted to a kindergarten at the
beginning of a school year, or at  any   a 
later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth
birthday on or before  December 2 of that school year.
  one of the following dates:  
   (1) December 2 of the 2011-12 school year.  
   (2) November 1 of the 2012-13 school year.  
   (3) October 1 of the 2013-14 school year.  
   (4) September 1 of the 2014-15 school year and each school year
thereafter.  
   A 
    (b)     A  child who will have his or
her fifth birthday on or before  December 2  
one of the dates described in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive, of
subdivision (a)  may be admitted to the prekindergarten summer
program maintained by the school district for pupils who will be
enrolling in kindergarten in September. 
   (b) 
    (c)  The governing board of  any  
a  school district maintaining one or more kindergartens may, on
a case-by-case basis, admit to a kindergarten a child having
attained the age of five years at any time during the school year
with the approval of the parent or guardian, subject to the following
conditions:
   (1) The governing board determines that the admittance is in the
best interests of the child.
   (2) The parent or guardian is given information regarding the
advantages and disadvantages and any other explanatory information
about the effect of this early admittance.
   SEC. 2.    Section 48010 of the   Education
Code   is amended to read: 
   48010.   (a)    A child shall be admitted to the
first grade of an elementary school during the first month of a
school year if the child will have his or her sixth birthday on or
before  December 2nd of that school year. For  
one of the following dates:  
   (1) December 2 of the 2011-12 school year.  
   (2) November 1 of the 2012-13 school year.  
   (3) October 1 of the 2013-14 school year.  
   (4) September 1 of the 2014-15 school year and each school year
thereafter. 
    (b)     For  good cause, the governing
board of a school district may permit a child of proper age to be
admitted to a class after the first school month of the school term.
   SEC. 3.    It is the intent of the Legislature to
appropriate in the annual Budget Act one-half of the savings
resulting from changes enacted by this bill for purposes of expanding
the state preschool program. 
   SEC. 4.    If the Commission on State Mandates
determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs
shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of
Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.  
  SECTION 1.    Section 48005.55 of the Education
Code is amended to read:
   48005.55.  This article shall become inoperative on July 1, 2015,
and, as of January 1, 2016, is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2016, deletes
or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is
repealed.