California bill would raise kindergarten age

A proposed California bill would raise the age that children can begin attending kindergarten in an effort to save $700 million and redirect it to preschool programs and shortfalls in the state's budget. Supporters of the proposal -- which would require students to be 5 by Sept. 1 instead of the current Dec. 2 -- say the majority of 4-year-olds aren't ready for kindergarten. However, some say it could place a financial burden on families to pay for an extra year of child care or preschool.

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