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Effectively Lowering School Entry Age

From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill: AB 1772 (as amended 4/11/12) – Mandatory Kindergarten
Author: State Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Thank you for your important phone calls!


AB 1772 passed the Assembly Education Committee on April 18th.  The bill is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee waiting to be assigned a hearing date.  Please be watching for our next Alert, as we will need your help in the near future.

Below is the record of the vote taken at the Education Committee hearing:

Ayes 7 – Noes 4:  Pass

Julia Brownley (D)
Tom Ammiano (D)
Joan Buchanan (D)
Betsy Butler (D)
Wilmer Amina Carter (D)
Mike Eng (D)
Das Williams (D)

Chris Norby (R)
Shannon Grove (R)
Linda Halderman (R)
Donald Wagner (R)

Summary of Concern:

AB 1772 would make Kindergarten mandatory before taking the first grade, forcing one more year to a child’s education.
AB 1772, as recently amended, does indirectly what the last version of this bill did directly – that is to have “everyone” starting school at 5 years of age.
There are serious problems with this new proposed legislation that are outlined in our previous AB 1772 Action Alert, which you can read here.

Action Items:

No action is needed at this time.  We will follow up with another email Action Alert when the next action is needed.  A big thanks to those who contacted the Assembly expressing your opposition to the bill.