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May 25, 2006

Senate Bill 2888: Mandatory Kindergarten for 5-Year-Olds

Authors:
Senators Sakamoto, Chun Oakland, Nishihara

Summary:
The Hawaii legislature attempted to require attendance in kindergarten and to lower the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5. A total of five bills were introduced in the 2006 legislative session, three in the House and two in the Senate.

Again, your calls were successful, and these bills did not pass.

Status:

01/30/2006(Senate) Referred to Senate Education and Military Affairs, Senate Ways and Means committees
01/27/2006(Senate) Passed first reading.
01/25/2006(Senate) Introduced.
05/05/2006Legislature Adjourned.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

Action Requested:
None.

Background:
All of the compulsory attendance age 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."

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