BILL NUMBER: AB 1772	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 11, 2012
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 29, 2012

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Buchanan

                        FEBRUARY 17, 2012

   An act to amend  Sections 48200 and 48210  
Section 48010  of  , and to add Section 48001 to,  the
Education Code, relating to  compulsory education 
 kindergarten  .


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1772, as amended, Buchanan.  Compulsory kindergarten.
  Kindergarten. 
   Under existing law, a person between the ages of 6 and 18 years
who is not exempted by law is subject to compulsory full-time
education. Existing law excludes a child under 6 years of age from
the public schools, subject to specified exceptions.
   Existing law requires a school district maintaining a kindergarten
to admit a child who will have his or her 5th birthday on or before
certain specified dates during that school year.  Existing law
also requires that a child who will have his or her 6th birthday on
or before specified dates be admitted to the first grade of an
elementary school.  
   This bill would require a child to attend compulsory kindergarten
if he or she meets the age requirements for admission to
kindergarten, subject to specified exemptions. By increasing the
duration of compulsory education, this bill would impose a
state-mandated local program.  
   This bill, beginning with the 2014-15 school year, would require a
child to complete one year of kindergarten before he or she may be
admitted to the first grade, thereby imposing a state-mandated local
program. 
   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.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
   
  SECTION 1.    Section 48200 of the Education Code
is amended to read:
   48200.  (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), a person
between the ages of 6 and 18 years not exempted under this chapter or
Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 48400) is subject to compulsory
full-time education. A person subject to compulsory full-time
education and a person subject to compulsory continuation education
not exempted under Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 48400) shall
attend the public full-time day school or continuation school or
classes and for the full time designated as the length of the
schoolday by the governing board of the school district in which the
residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located. A
parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the
pupil shall send the pupil to the public full-time day school or
continuation school or classes and for the full time designated as
the length of the schoolday by the governing board of the school
district in which the residence of either the parent or legal
guardian is located.
   (b) A person eligible for enrollment in kindergarten pursuant to
subdivision (a) of Section 48000 and not exempted under this chapter
is subject to compulsory kindergarten, and shall attend public
kindergarten for the full time specified in Section 46111. The
parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of a
person subject to compulsory kindergarten shall send him or her to
the public kindergarten for the full time designated in Section
46111.
   (c) Unless otherwise provided for in this code, a pupil shall not
be enrolled for less than the minimum schoolday established by law.
 
  SEC. 2.    Section 48210 of the Education Code is
amended to read:
   48210.  Children under six years of age are excluded from the
public schools, except:
   (a) A child subject to compulsory kindergarten pursuant to
subdivision (b) of Section 48200.
   (b) As otherwise provided in this code. 
   SECTION 1.    Section 48001 is added to the 
 Education Code   , to read:  
   48001.  Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a child shall
complete one year of kindergarten before he or she may be admitted to
the first grade. 
   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 has completed one year of kindergarten and  will have
his or her sixth birthday on or before 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.  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.