Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Lobbyist

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.


What do you think? Did playing the Kindergarten Cop have anything to do with his signing this bill into law? Maybe he just imagines what it would have been like to learn to spell his last name in kindergarten!!

More information about the new law can be found in this Sacramentio Bee article about the bill.


Conan White said...

I'm happy that this passed as well.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks Conan. You and Melody gave Cameran a gift I wish my parents had given me: an extra year to be a kid. Although we share October 13, I started kindergarten a year younger than Cameran, and a year too early.

Michelle Stewart said...

This would have been very helpful for Danny's older brother who has a late November birthday and started school at 4. He ended up going back a year in Second Grade. Thank you for keeping the kids first!

Dan Gurney said...

You're welcome, Michelle. Danny's brother and many others... myself included.