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Terry Lock

The potential of preschoolers helps motivate Hawaii’s Executive Office of Early Learning director

By Lee Catterall

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2012

~~<p>Hawaii&rsquo;s public school system will drop the junior kindergarten grade at the end of the 2013-14 school year and make way for a publicly funded preschool network, following last month&rsquo;s new law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.</p>
<p>The governor had appointed Terry Lock a year earlier as his early childhood coordinator, and Lock will work with the state Department of Education in fashioning the new system. Starting with the 2014 school year, incoming preschool students must be at least 5 years old by July 31 of the year that they begin school. An &ldquo;early learning program&rdquo; would be eligible for late-born 5-year-olds and 4-year-olds.</p>
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Hawaii’s public school system will drop the junior kindergarten grade at the end of the 2013-14 school year and make way for a publicly funded preschool network, following last month’s new law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The governor had appointed Terry Lock a year earlier as his early childhood coordinator, and Lock will work with the state Department of Education in fashioning the new system. Starting with the 2014 school year, incoming preschool students must be at least 5 years old by July 31 of the year that they begin school. An “early learning program” would be eligible for late-born 5-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Login for more...



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