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Hawaii lawmakers make kindergarten mandatory

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:14 p.m. HST, Apr 29, 2014

Dennis oda / doda@staradvertiser.com@Caption1:Only about 28 percent of kids at Kaala Elementary attended preschool, so many are unprepared for kindergarten. Kindergarten students in Gerry Snow's class raise their hands to answer a question.

Hawaii lawmakers are making kindergarten mandatory for children starting in the fall.

The House approved a bill Tuesday (SB 2768) that compels children who turn 5 years old before July 31 of a school year to attend kindergarten.

Supporters say kindergarten is key toward getting children on the right track toward later success in education and society.

Opponents say there aren't enough qualified kindergarten teachers in Hawaii to meet the demand the bill will create.

The Senate passed the measure last week with only Republican Sen. Sam Slom voting no.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has pressed repeatedly for more early education programs, targeting children even earlier during preschool.

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scooters wrote:
Oh great, now my taxes will be going sky high even more!
on April 29,2014 | 04:10PM
krusha wrote:
Why is your taxes going to go up, when mostly all kids attend kindergarten already? This was more a formality thing than anything else.
on April 29,2014 | 04:50PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Supporters say kindergarten is key toward getting children on the right track toward later success in education and society. Really? How, then did people like Senator Inouye, Governor Abercrombie, most, if not all presidents of the United States , and millions of other Americans who did not attend kindergarten ever achieve the great success that they did? Mandatory kindergarten is just one more step towards government’s total control of everyone from cradle to grave.
on April 29,2014 | 05:43PM
cojef wrote:
Nanny State yes, where your thought development is control as you say from cradle to grave. Progressive social agenda to strip individuals of initiative and create a one size fit all society.
on April 30,2014 | 07:03AM
Alex57 wrote:
Waste of money. National studies have proven that by third grade those who went to kindergarten were on equal ground with those who didn't. Dems just throwing money away.
on April 29,2014 | 06:18PM
pcman wrote:
IRT Alex on Dems. If the DOE were smart, they would lower the age for compulsory education from 17 to 15. Students should be allowed to graduate at age 17 and go on to college. Students who want to quit early can do so and go to technical and community colleges for certificates and licenses. If pre-K is so good, DOE can put it in the public school system at age 4, but make it voluntary like K is today.
on April 29,2014 | 09:45PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Most of us went to Kindergarten. Basically we learned numbers, colors, and the alphabet. But the most important thing was how school worked. Establishing good habits and making friends. This doesn't need to be mandatory, but what happens when a kid enters the system a year later and can't do these basic things. He/she holds back the whole class.
on April 30,2014 | 06:08AM
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