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Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade. If AB 713 were to pass, it would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend kindergarten for one school year before he or she could be admitted to the 1st grade. This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017–2018 school year.
Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:
a.starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
b.graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.
This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.
The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.
Advocates of extending government control over all children from birth will be able to use passage of AB 713 as a step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.
Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next legislative step—making institutionalized preschool (pre-kindergarten) for every 3- and 4-year-old child available to all children and then the next step—making it mandatory for every 3- and 4-year-old child.
AB 713 is a dangerous steps toward lowering the compulsory school age and expanding government control over all children from birth to adulthood, gradually reducing the role of parents to that of caretakers.
8-27-2015 In committee: Held under submission (Bill died when legislature adjourned).
8-17-2015 In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.
7-08-2015 From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 2.) (July 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
6-18-2015 Referred to Com. on Ed.
6-03-2015 In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
6-03-2015 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 58. Noes 21. Page 1841.)
6-02-2015 Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
6-01-2015 Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.
5-28-2015 From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (May 28).
4-22-2015 In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
4-09-2015 From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes1.) (April 8).
Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
3-23-2015 Re-ferred to Com. on ED.
3-19-2015 Referred to Com. on ED. From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on ED. Read second time and amended.
2-26-2015 From Printer.
2-25-2015 Read first time. To print.
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