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Transitional kindergarten stalled in Lodi Unified School District

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Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:31 am, Sat Jan 14, 2012.

Lodi Unified School District will not move forward with plans to create a transitional kindergarten program after Gov. Jerry Brown's office released his proposed 2012-2013 budget. The proposal cuts funding for any students who will not turn five years old before Nov. 1, the kindergarten enrollment date for the 2012-2013 school year.

"This is detrimental to the district because it means a decrease in enrollment. It saves the state money, but it hits us," said Catherine Pennington, assistant superintendent of elementary education.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:22 am on Mon, Jan 16, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    21 years ago, when I went to Vinewood School to register my son for Kindergarten, the SECRETARY at the counter told me I should reconsider and wait for another year, especially since "boys mature later than girls." He turned 5 in July, just days before he would start on B Track.

    When I told her no, that he was already bored with what he was learning at home and needed more social interaction than he was getting from friends, she got visibly upset, but had no choice in the matter since he was within the LUSD age parameters. I think, of all of his school friends, he was actually the youngest in his grade. Apparently, many other parents took this secretary's advice.

  • Cassie Sloan Gaytan posted at 9:56 pm on Sat, Jan 14, 2012.

    CGaytan82 Posts: 5

    Here is where the system has gone wrong! When have the parents lost their discretion to know whether or not their children are mature enough for school? How are kids supposed to become mature enough socially without the social interractions of school experiences. The answer to this would be the requirement of preschool. As a parent new to the public school system after having my kids in private school for five years, I am NOT at all impressed, I have been paying taxes into the school system before I had kids and while my kids were in private school, now that my kids are utilizing what I have been paying into, I have grown more and more disgusted with our politicians that are choosing the paths of OUR children.



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