Charters Balk at Calif.'s New Pre-Kindergarten Law

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A California law requires public schools to add a grade level this fall designed to give the very youngest students a boost when they enroll in kindergarten, but charter schools say the law does not apply to them, pitting them against the state Department of Education.

The education department says the 2010 Kindergarten Readiness Act requiring transitional kindergarten programs applies to all public schools, including charters.

"The department believes if a school offers kindergarten, it's also obligated to offer transitional kindergarten," said department spokesman Paul Hefner.

The California Charter Schools Association, however, analyzed the law at length and told its members that transitional kindergarten is optional, said Colin Miller, the association's vice president of policy.

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