In the middle of my summer vacation I traveled to the California's State Capitol in Sacramento to lobby for the passage of Senate Bill 1381.
With regard to the age at which children may enter kindergarten, this bill was written to bring California in line with the rest of the nation.
Currently, children who are four years old until December may start kindergarten when school begins in mid August.
Starting kindergarten so young can challenging, especially for boys. In recent years it has become much more challenging because, sadly, the traditional kindergarten curriculum has been pushed aside for instruction that used to be reserved for first grade.
For more than 20 years, bills like this one have been the #1 top priority of the California Kindergarten Association's legislative agenda. But for 20 years we've been unable to get this done.
The good news is that last week Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 1381 into law.
More information about the new law can be found in this Sacramentio Bee article about the bill.