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Hawaii kindergarten changes to start with new school year

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:36 p.m. HST, Jul 01, 2014

<br />Photos by GEORGE F. LEE / glee@staradvertiser.com<br />Kindergarten teacher Sue-Jan Bone prepared her classroom Friday for the start of the school year today. Her Lincoln Elementary School students will be among the first to be taught under Common Core standards.<br />

The Hawaii Department of Education is reminding parents that the upcoming new school year comes with changes in kindergarten requirements.

Starting this school year, children must be 5 years old by July 31 to enter kindergarten. Previously, children could enter kindergarten if they turned 5 by Dec. 31.

Kindergarten is now mandatory in Hawaii.

An estimated 5,000 so-called late-born children will be affected by age change. The change has some parents worried about paying for an extra year of preschool.

The state's Executive Office on Early Learning announced earlier this year that 21 pre-kindergarten classrooms will be available at 18 schools statewide for children from families meeting income restrictions and are born between Aug. 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010.

The new school year begins on Aug. 1.

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soundofreason wrote:
Gee, when can all us taxpayers look forward to pre-pre-school. Wait, we already have that. It's called Arbor Day care Hawaii where momma and grandma split state money for grandma to babysit.
on July 1,2014 | 06:39AM
lava wrote:
As the state takes away kindergarten for late-born children, they create 21 classrooms for late-born children (but restrict that to low income families) and ask the taxpayer to fund additional classroom space with private preschools for late-born children (also restricted to low income families). Niel said to hold him accountable so let's do it.
on July 1,2014 | 06:49AM
pcman wrote:
All kids born in a certain year should start K in the year they will be five years old. Parents with kids who are 'late' born and who want to have their kids start later should just be given the option. Starting kids later just because of age reflects the total negative management of kids education by the state. To fund pre-K for all kids, the state should start K at age 4 and make it optional to all kids, like K was optional to all kids at age 5. Then, the 12 grades would start at age 5 and end at age 17. Parents who want their kids to repeat 12th grade may be given the option.
on July 1,2014 | 07:06AM
atilter wrote:
"The change has some parents worried about paying for an extra year of preschool." this has been the basic impetus for the bill's passage all along - the favorable attitude of the families "saving" that additional year of pre-school cost - as there are no pre-qualifications required for admission - regardless of abilities or readiness. it's another political gambit to give free "schooling" and baby-sitting services to curry possible votes at the cost of the tax-paying general public..
on July 1,2014 | 07:13AM
holumuahawaii wrote:
This is why everyone ought to absolutely defy the HSTA and support the Constitutional Amendment that will provide pre-school for all. There are at least 17,000 children who will not be able to get education if the amendment fail. Yes, it will allow a little public money to flow to a few private pre-schools because many of our public schools are not equipped to take in little kids. These old facilities are built for bigger children. Pass the Pre-school amendment! Let the little ones go to pre-school.
on July 1,2014 | 07:27AM
Bdpapa wrote:
So now we are going to have 19 year old graduates. This is crazy!
on July 1,2014 | 07:32AM
PokeStop wrote:
Doesn't Punahou have 19 year old graduates? My mistake, it should read 19 year old athletes!
on July 1,2014 | 12:59PM
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