Hawaii
HOME | LAWS | ORGANIZATIONS | CASES | LEGISLATION | HEADLINES | COMMON CORE
Hawaii

May 25, 2006

House Bill 2088: Mandatory Kindergarten for Five-Year-Olds

Authors:
Representatives Takai, Abinsay, Arakaki, Chang, Ching, Evans, Green, Hale, Kahikina, Kanoho, Lee, Marumoto, Sonson, Thielen, Tsuji, Shimabukuro

Summary:
House Bill 2088 would have required any child who turns 5 by January 1 to attend a public or private school or be homeschooled. Kindergarten or junior kindergarten would be mandatory if the child is 5 by that date. Senate Bill 2186 was identical to this bill.

Two other bills were introduced in the House, H.B. 2089 and H.B. 2139, to lower the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5 and make kindergarten mandatory.

Last year, many thought this legislation could not be stopped but your calls were successful in preventing this legislation from passing. We were successful again. Your calls prevented any movement on these bills.

If any of these bills had passed homeschool parents would be required to file the notice of intent letter if their child turns 5 by January 1st. Parents would also have been required to submit an annual progress report at the end of their school year for their 5-year-old.

Status:

1/20/2006To be Introduced and Pass First Reading
1/23/2006(House) Introduced and Passed First Reading
1/23/2006(House) Referred to House Education and Finance Committees
5/5/2006Legislature adjourned.

HSLDA's Position:
This bill was opposed.

Action Requested:
None.

Background:
Currently there are three bills in the House—H.B. 2088, H.B. 2089, and H.B. 2139—and two bills in the Senate—S.B. 2186 and S.B. 2888. All of these bills require a homeschool parent to file the notice of intent letter if their child is to turn 5 by January 1. Homeschool parents will also be required to submit an annual progress report at the end of their school year for their 5-year-old.

It is interesting to note that a research study conducted in 2005 by Stanford University and the University of California found that “attendance in preschool centers, even for short periods of time each week, hinders the rate at which young children develop social skills and display the motivation to engage classroom tasks, as reported by their kindergarten teachers.”


 Other Resources

Jan.-24-2006—Hawaii—Calls Needed to Stop Mandatory Kindergarten

Bill Text (html)

Bill Text (pdf)

Bill History