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State Status/Date Level Summary
NCSigned into law 06/2014P-12Assessments, Reading Programs, and Kindergarten Entry Assessment
H.B. 230
Sections 1, 2, 4, and 10-17. Requires the state board of education to approve and provide alternative reading comprehension assessments at the request of LEAs, and to annually review all alternative assessments. Allows schools to use the language and literacy ...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12Class Size Reduction
A.B. 2
Requires the board of trustees of each school district to report to the Department of Education: (1) the average daily attendance of pupils and the ratio of pupils per licensed teacher for grades 1, 2 and 3; or (2) if the school district has an alternative cla...

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VASigned into law 05/2012P-12Third Grade Reading Intervention
H.B. 1181
Public schools; reading intervention. Requires local school divisions to provide reading intervention services to students in grade three who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on the Standards of Learning reading test or any readin...

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COSigned into law 05/2012P-12Early Literacy Assessment Tool
H.B. 1345 (sec. 7)
Requires the education department to issue request for proposals for the purchase of an early literacy assessment tool that teachers may use to obtain real-time assessments of the reading skill levels of K-3 students, and, based on the results, create interven...

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KYSigned into law 04/2012P-12K-3 Response to Intervention System in Reading, Writing, Math and Behavior
H.B. 69 - K-3 Response to Intervention System in Reading, Writing, Math and Behavior
Defines "aphasia", "dyscalculia", "dysgraphia", "dyslexia", "phonemic awareness" and "scientifically based research". Directs the state board to promulgate administrative regulations for districtwide use of a response-to-intervention system for K-3 students, t...

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OHIssued 10/2011P-12Early Education
Executive Order 2011-21K
Creates the position of Early Education and Development Officer ("Officer") within the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education. Directs the Officer to work through and in conjunction with existing state agencies to (1) Define and measure kindergarten readi...

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OKSigned into law 05/2011P-12Reading Proficiency and Support
S.B. 346
Starting with students entering first grade in the 2011-2012 school year, the program of reading instruction must include provisions of the READ Initiative adopted by the school district, as instructed in the measure. If a reading deficiency is not remedied by...

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ARSigned into law 04/2011P-12Evaluation of Early Learning Programs
S.B. 337
Directs the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to assess each early childhood program in this state that receives state funding based on nationally recognized standards and assessments that may include without limitation the following compone...

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MNIssued 03/2011P-12The Early Learning Council
E.O. 11-05
Creates the Early Learning Council to serve as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care. The council will consists of up to 30 members, 26 of whom are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The following individuals are...

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MNSigned into law 05/2010P-12School Readiness
S.F. 2505
Modifies school readiness program requirements by removing the requirement to arrange for early childhood screening and appropriate referral. Requires school districts to use school readiness aid for eligible children. Allows children who do not meet the eligi...

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MDSigned into law 04/2010P-12Requests for Multiple-birth Children Entering Kindergarten to be in Same Classroom
H.B. 272
Prohibits a local board of education from adopting a classroom placement policy that automatically separates or places together multiple-birth children entering kindergarten through second grade. The parent or guardian of multiple-birth children entering kinde...

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OHSigned into law 12/2009P-12Full-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 318 - Section 9
Permits a district to seek a delay of the requirement to implement all-day kindergarten for all students until fiscal year 2012. Directs the state superintendent to grant the requested delay, which may affect some or all students in the district, upon submissi...

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WISigned into law 10/2009P-12
A.B. 119
Beginning on September 1, 2011, a school board may not enroll a child in the first grade in a school in the school district, including in a charter school located in the school district, unless the child has completed 5-year-old kindergarten. Requires each sch...

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NDSigned into law 08/2009P-12Entrance Ages, Upper Statutory Age
H.B. 1378
Modifies 15.1-06-01. Changes the cut-off date for enrollment in grade one from September first to August first. For kindergarten, the cut-off date changes from five by September first of the year of enrollment to August first. Provides exception for children w...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2009P-12Early Learning
S.B. 1329
Bars schools from moving students between junior kindergarten and kindergarten, except in cases in which the move is warranted and based on appropriate assessments. Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, requires the department to use assessment tools and pro...

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CTSigned into law 07/2009P-12Early Learning Student Data
S.B. 1014
Concerns longitudinal studies of student achievement; provides for access to student data to a qualified nonprofit educational organization by the Department of Education; provides for reasonable fees; includes student experiences in preschool by program type ...

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COSigned into law 05/2009P-12Early Childhood School Readiness Commission
H.B. 1343
Creates the early childhood and school readiness legislative oversight commission. Sets forth membership requirements and administrative functions for the commission. Outlines the scope of issues the commission is charged with studying. Grants the commission p...

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WYSigned into law 03/2009P-12early childhood
H.B. 255
Relates to school districts; requires provision of full-day kindergarten programs as resourced within the education resource block grant model
Chapter 136
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2009/Engross/HB0255.pdf...

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ARSigned into law 02/2009P-12Kindergarten Entry
H.B. 1098
Allows students who have completed Pre-Kindergarten to enroll in kindergarten in certain circumstances.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/HB1098.pdf...

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MISigned into law 01/2009P-12Early Intervention Programs for K-3
S.B. 1039
Provides that an intermediate school district may develop and make available to districts and public school academies an early intervening model program for grades k to 3 which shall be designed to instruct classroom teachers and support staff on how to monito...

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NHSigned into law 07/2008P-12Kindergarten Construction Aid Program
S.B. 530
Extends the kindergarten construction aid program until all school districts operate a kindergarten program; allows a school district to elect a construction grant to be applied to the costs of a kindergarten facility; provides classroom transition grants to e...

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MDAdopted 05/2008P-12Kindergarten Age Eligibility
COMAR 13A.08.01.01
Provides for transfers to public kindergarten of age- eligible kindergarten students attending nonpublic kindergarten programs.
Unsafe School Transfer Policy.
A. Each local school system shall allow a student attending a public elementary or secondary school...

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COSigned into law 05/2008P-12Gifted and Talented Young Children
H.B. 1021
Amends the definition of gifted children to include children who are 4 years of age; permits an administrative unit to include in its program plan provisions to identify and serve gifted children who are 5 years of age and for whom early access to kindergarten...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12UPSTART Program
S.B. 2 - Sections 3-9
Establishes UPSTART, a pilot project that uses a home-based educational technology program to develop the school readiness skills of children age 4-5 who have not entered kindergarten. Provides that UPSTART is created to evaluate the effectiveness of giving pr...

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ORSigned into law 03/2008P-12Half-Day and Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 1068A
Requires school districts to offer half-day kindergarten; requires transportation for students in half-day and supplemental kindergarten; allows school districts and public charter schools to offer supplemental kindergarten; allows school districts and public ...

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NYAdopted 12/2007P-12Universal Prekindergarten Programs
Title 8 NYCRR Subpart 151-1
Complies with 2007 S.B. 2107, Part B, section 19, which authorizes the board of regents and the commissioner to prescribe uniform quality standards for universal prekindergarten programs....

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OHSigned into law 11/2007P-12All-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 190 -- Multiple Components
Permits school districts that are not eligible for state payments for all-day kindergarten to charge tuition on a sliding scale for all-day kindergarten classes. Requires the Department of Education to issue an annual report on tuition charged by school distri...

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NYAdopted 09/2007P-12Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Program Requirements
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.3
Amends regulations regarding program requirements for students in prekindergarten and kindergarten. Directs each school operating a prekindergarten and/or kindergarten to adopt and implement curricula, aligned with the State learning standards, that ensures co...

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GAAdopted 09/2007P-12Student Assessment Programs
GAC 160-3-1-.07
Adds language regarding the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), an English language proficiency test administered annually to all English language learners (ELLs) to determine stu...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Compulsory School Age
S.B. 543
Requires a person having custody or control of a child who is below the compulsory school age but enrolled in kindergarten in a public school to cause the child to attend the public school. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB0543lv.pdf...

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MAIssued 08/2007P-12
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Community College
The Readiness Project
Executive Order No. 489
Establishes the Readiness Project to develop a plan to implement fundamental and systemic reforms to public education in the Commonwealth over the next ten years. The project will have three chairs appointed by the Governor.

The plan will include recommenda...

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HIVetoed 07/2007P-12Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
S.B. 613
Directs the department to encourage inclusionary prekindergarten and kindergarten classes of both special education eligible and general education students, including consideration of the following options:
(1) Special education eligible preschool children ma...

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NCSigned into law 06/2007P-12School Admission Requirements
H.B. 150
Modifies school admission requirements. Moves cut-off date for enrollment to August 31 from October 16.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/HTML/H150v0.html...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Pre-K Readiness
H.B. 1078
Directs the commissioner to approve School Readiness Service Agreements for up to 50 providers that represent diverse parts of the state and a variety of child care delivery models. (See "Sec. 57".) Directs the commissioners of human services and education to ...

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OKSigned into law 05/2007P-12New Member for School Readiness Board
H.B. 1557
Amends membership of the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board to include one representative of a state association of federally funded early childhood programs appointed by the Governor.
http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2007-08bills/HB/HB1557_ENR....

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MTSigned into law 05/2007P-12Kindergarten Average Number Belonging Funding
S.B. 2A (Kindergarten)
Provides full-time Average Number Belonging funding for school districts that enroll students in full-time kindergarten. Provides start-up funding for districts transitioning from half-day to full-day programs. A kindergarten program must meet the state minimu...

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NDSigned into law 04/2007P-12Defines full day kindergarten
S.B. 2200 (kindergarten section)
Beginning with the 2008-09 school year, a full day of instruction consists of: (1) At least five and one-half hours for kindergarten and elementary students, during which time the students are required to be in attendance for the purpose of receiving curricula...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Voluntary All-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 5841
Provides that, beginning with the 2007-08 school year, funding for voluntary all-day kindergarten programs shall be phased-in beginning with schools with the highest poverty levels, defined as those schools with the highest percentages of students qualifying f...

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ARSigned into law 03/2007P-12kindergarten entrance age
S.B. 217
Lowers the age of enrollment in kindergarten in public school from 5 by September 1 in 2009-2010, for the 2010-2011 school year
the cutoff age would be August 15; 2011-2012 and afterwards, 5 on or before August 1 of the year they are seeking initial enrollment...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12Optional Extended Day Kindergarten
S.B. 49
Establishes a program, administered by the State Board of Education, through which school districts and charter schools may provide voluntary extended-day kindergarten, with certain funding priorities. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/sbillint/sb0049s03.htm...

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SDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Kindergarten Attendance
S.B. 33
Amends 13-28-2 to read: Any child who is five years old on the first day of September is eligible for enrollment in kindergarten during that school year. Any child who is six years old by September first is eligible for enrollment in first grade during that sc...

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UTSigned into law 02/2007P-12Early Childhood Reading Readiness
H.C.R. 5
This concurrent resolution of the legislature and governor encourages reading with a child 20 minutes a day to help prepare children for success in school and lifelong learning. http://le.utah.gov/~2007/bills/hbillenr/hcr005.htm...

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COSigned into law 02/2007P-12Funding for Full-day Kindergarten
S.B. 26
Authorizes a school district, upon voter approval, to impose an additional mill levy for purposes of funding the school district's excess full-day kindergarten costs. Allows the question submitted to the voters to also include a question of whether to impose a...

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NCSigned into law 07/2006P-12Vision Screening
H.B. 2699
Requires vision screening for children entering kindergarten.
http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/House/HTML/H2699v5.html...

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NYVetoed 07/2006P-12Dental Health Certificates
A.B. 6640
Requires every child enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade in a public elementary school to present a dental health certificate. Dental health certificates must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on such child...

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NDAdopted 07/2006P-12Kindergarten or First Grade Early Entrance
NDAC 67-26
Repeals rules pertaining to kindergarten or first grade early entrance.
http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/acdata/pdf/67-26.pdf...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12Community Empowerment Initiative
H.B. 2769
Increases membership on the community empowerment state board. Requires family support services in the community empowerment initiative to include home visitation. Creates a community empowerment gifts and grants account in the Iowa empowerment fund. Makes an...

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MNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
H.B. 4162
Authorizes the commissioner of education to implement a kindergarten readiness assessment representative of incoming kindergartners. The assessment must be based on the department of education kindergarten readiness assessment at kindergarten entrance study.
h...

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COSigned into law 05/2006P-12Compulsory Attendance Age and Hour Requirements
S.B. 73
Concerns the age specifications relating to compulsory school attendance. Every child who has attained the age of seven years and is under the age of seventeen years (changed from 16), except as provided by this section, must attend public school for at least ...

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DESigned into law 04/2006P-12Full-day Kindergarten
S.B. 251
Requires school districts by the start of the 2008- 2009 school year, to offer any kindergarten-eligible child the option of attending full-day kindergarten if the child's parent or guardian chooses; provides that if a parent wants to send his or her child for...

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COVetoed 03/2006P-12Full-day Kindergarten Funds and Policies
H.B. 1005
Authorizes of additional school district revenues to fund costs associated with full-day kindergarten programs. Districts that receive voter approval for additional revenue must: use evidence-based research demonstrating the types of programs and methods appro...

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KYSigned into law 03/2006P-12Advancing Kindergarten-Age Students to First Grade
S.B. 35
Clarifies that a school district may advance a child through the primary program if he or she is at least five but less than six years old; allows the child to be classified as other than a kindergarten student for purposes of funding if the student is determi...

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UTSigned into law 03/2006P-12Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Timing
H.B. 226
This bill modifies the recommended time to provide the assessment of reading and numeric skills given to potential kindergarten students. The assessment should take place in the spring prior to the kindergarten year, but no later than June 15th prior to the sc...

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SDSigned into law 03/2006P-12Requires Kindergarten Attendance
H.B. 1175
Requires all children to attend kindergarten; establishes a minimum length of time for kindergarten programs; provides that any child under a specified age is eligible for admittance to a nursery school.
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2006/bills/HB1175enr.p...

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NMSigned into law 03/2006P-12Kindergarten Plus Pilot Project
H.B. 43
Extends the Kindergarten Plus Pilot Project; expands eligibility to add other school districts with high- poverty schools; makes an appropriation; provides that teachers and educational assistants are to be paid at the same rate and under the same terms; provi...

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MDIssued 03/2006P-12Amends Membership of the Advisory Council for Children
01.01.2006-03 (Executive Order)
Amends amend Executive Order 01.01.2005.34, which established the Advisory Council for Children; the Governor's Office for Children as a separate agency within the Executive Department to provide a coordinated, comprehensive, interagency approach to the develo...

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MDIssued 02/2006P-12Maryland Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council
EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2006.02
Establishes the Maryland Child Care Subsidy Coordinating Council, defines membership and duties. Purposes of council includes increasing access by low-income families receiving child care subsidies to quality early care and education programs, thereby increasi...

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CTIssued 02/2006P-12Governor's Early Childhood Research and Policy Council
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13
Establishes the Governor's Early Childhood Research and Policy Council and defines membership and duties. The Council will: (1) Advise the Early Childhood Education Cabinet on research findings, policy solutions and strategic financing opportunities related to...

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RIAdopted 09/2005P-12Early Childhood Certificate Requirements
Section I
Adopts rules regarding the requirements for an Early Childhood Education in public schools in grades PK-2 certificate. Outlines rules for Certificate of Eligibility for Employment (CEE) be valid for three years and Professional Certificates be valid for one or...

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MNSigned into law 07/2005P-12Kindergarten
H.F. 141 - Multiple Components
"Kindergarten" means a program designed for pupils five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year commences that prepares pupils to enter first grade the following school year. A program designed for pupils younger than five ye...

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COSigned into law 06/2005P-12School-Readiness Quality Improvement Program
H.B. 1238
Changes the name of the "school-readiness child care subsidization program" to the "school-readiness quality improvement program". Recognizes the early success of the program on a geographic pilot basis and expands the program to include additional eligible co...

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OKSigned into law 05/2005P-12Achieving Classroom Excellence Act of 2005
S.B. 982
New law establishing the Achieving Classroom Excellence Act of 2005. One new section establishes the Oklahoma Mathematics Improvement Program. The purpose is to improve student mastery of the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) for sixth-grade mathematics ...

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MDRule Adoption 05/2005P-12Kindergarten admissions
COMAR 13A.08.01.01, .02, .02-2
Proposes to adopt rules to the Board of Education. Provides for transfers to public kindergarten. Requires local boards of education to establish regulations for early admission in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. MARYLAND REG 10189 (SN)...

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AZSigned into law 05/2005P-12Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 1516 (Section 4)
Deletes certain provisions from 15-901.02 referring to full-day kindergarten and the joint legislative study committee on full-day kindergarten. Requires the department to conduct a comprehensive review of the research on full-day kindergarten instruction, inc...

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INSigned into law 05/2005P-12Kindergarten Cutoff Date
H.B. 1001 (Section 177)
Beginning with the 2006-2007 school year, changes kindergarten eligibility date from age 5 by July 1 to age 5 by August 1. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2005/HE/HE1001.1.html...

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OKSigned into law 05/2005P-12Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 982, Section 9
Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, requires districts to provide and offer a full six-hour day of kindergarten free of tuition for every child residing in the district. Adds an allowance that provides for intra-district transfer to a school offering ful...

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COSigned into law 04/2005P-12Full-Day Kindergarten for Schools Rated "Unsatisfactory"
S.B. 200 (Section 5-7)
Revises certain language related to funding full-day kindergarten for students in a school receiving an "unsatisfactory" rating in the state accountability system. In implementing such a full-day kindergarten program, allows a local board to contract with any ...

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COSigned into law 04/2005P-12Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 200 (Section 15)
Increases from 1,000 to 1,500 the number of children a district may apply to the department for authorization to serve through a full-day kindergarten component of the district's preschool program.

http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics2005a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/FB3...

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MDRule Adoption 04/2005P-12State Board Of Education
COMAR 13A.02.06.02, 13A.0801.01, .08.02.01
Revises the Maryland Student Records System Manual (MSRSM) as a result of recent changes regarding health and graduation requirements. State assessments, prekindergarten requirements, kindergarten and prekindergarten phase-in dates, enrollment and transfers, a...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12Kindergarten
H.B. 2435
Requires every school district with a kindergarten program to offer half-day kindergarten programs aligned with the state board's academic standards. Requires a district that establishes a full-day kindergarten program to allow every parent of a kindergarten ...

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MD(S) THIRD READING PASSED (46-0) 04/2005P-12State Department of Education - Early Learning and Child Care Programs
H.B. 1491
Requiring the State Department of Education to develop a plan to accredit certain early learning programs and child care programs that are planning to provide or are providing specified kindergarten or prekindergarten programs to specified children; requiring ...

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DEAdopted 04/2005P-12Early Admission to Kindergarten for Gifted Students
14 DAC 940
Establishes regulation relating to early admission to kindergarten for gifted students in order to clarify what a school must do if they choose to admit gifted students to kindergarten before they are five years of age. http://www.state.de.us/research/AdminCod...

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COSigned into law 03/2005P-12Kindergarten
S.B. 88
Requires all districts to offer kindergarten.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2005a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/24338C60B3B3DBFE87256F56006898F3?open&file=088_enr.pdf...

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WYSigned into law 02/2005P-12School Finance
S.F. 47
Continues assistance to school districts for full-day kindergarten programs ($5 million) and the summer school grant program ($4.5 million); provides assistance to school districts for health insurance ($33,321,419). http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2005/enroll/SF...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Kindergarten Scheduling
A.B. 2407
Authorizes a school district that is implementing an early primary program to maintain kindergarten classes at different school sites within the district for different lengths of time during the school day. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_2401-2450/a...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Preschool for All Program
A.B. 712
Requires the California Children and Families Commission to complete and submit a cost study that provides an estimate of the cost of a voluntary Preschool for All program in the state. Convenes a Workforce Development Blue Ribbon Committee to develop a workfo...

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MISigned into law 09/2004P-12State School Aid Act
S.B. 885
Relates to the State School Aid Act of 1979; allocates funds for grants to intermediate districts to provide programs for parents with preschool children to improve school readiness and foster the maintenance of stable families by encouraging positive parentin...

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IAIssued 08/2004P-12
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Community College
IOWA LEARNS COUNCIL
Executive Order No. 30 - 2003
Creates the IOWA LEARNS COUNCIL. The Iowa Learns Council shall work towards the ambitious goal of 90% of Iowa children having a quality pre-school experience, and 90% of Iowa high school graduates will go on to complete at least two years of college; shall pro...

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MERule Adoption 08/2004P-12Early Intervention and Special Education for Children
05-071-180
Establishes rule to allow parents of preschool children with disabilities who are already receiving free appropriate public education (FAPE) services from Child Development Services and who turn five between September 1st and October 15th to choose not to enro...

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HISigned into law 07/2004P-12Two-tier Kindergarten Program and Kindergarten Entrance Age
S.B. 17
Establishes a junior kindergarten and kindergarten program in the department of education; establishes a pilot program for the 2005-2006 school year; requires the establishment of the program in all public elementary schools beginning with the 2006-2007 school...

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LASigned into law 07/2004P-12Extended Kindergarten For Disadvantaged Children
S.B. 301
Subject to appropriation, creates the Kindergarten Plus pilot program of classes, at least one in each of the state's eight regional service districts, of extended kindergarten for disadvantaged children from the 2005-06 through the 2007-08 school year. For p...

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COSigned into law 06/2004P-12Childhood School Readiness
H.B. 1277
Changes the name of the Child Care Commission to the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission; modifying the responsibilities of the commission. http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics2004a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/64CD1EC1E0B64CA787256DB0004CB158?Open&file=1277_en...

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CTSigned into law 06/2004P-12School Readiness Programs
H.B. 5690
Concerns school readiness; relates to the state encouraging the development of a network of school readiness programs; relates to the funding of such programs by eligible providers by the Department of Education. http://www.cga.state.ct.us/2004/act/Pa/2004PA-0...

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MDRule Adoption 05/2004P-12Standards for Kindergarten Programs
COMAR 13A.03.01, .01, .04, 13A.03.02, .01-.12
Proposes rules regarding standards for kindergarten programs and graduation requirements for public high schools. MARYLAND REG 9845 (SN)...

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MESigned into law 05/2004P-12Preschool Handicapped Children
S.P. 801
Amends applicable statutes and instructs the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education to amend rules to clarify that a child who is already receiving free, appropriate public education services through the Child Development Services System ...

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NESigned into law 04/2004P-12Compulsory Attendance Ages
L.B. 868
LB 868 changes the mandatory ages for compulsory education. From the fiscal note: Currently, ages are from age 7 through
age 15. Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, children will be required to attend school if they will reach the age of 6 by January 1st of
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WVSigned into law 03/2004P-12Early Childhood Education
H.B. 4043
Establishes the priority for early childhood education in the basic skills of reading, mathematics and English language arts....

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SDSigned into law 02/2004P-12Kindergarten Standards
S.B. 67
Requires school districts to offer kindergarten and to require content standards for kindergarten. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2004/bills/SB67enr.htm...

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SCBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 02/2004P-12Student Readiness Determination
H.B. 3871
(Joint Resolution) Approves regulations of the Board of Education; relates to minimum standards for the determination of student readiness....

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Student Assessment and Educational Accountability Act of 2004 - Readiness
S.B. 33 1
Amends Ark. Code 6-15-404. Requires the state board of education and the state department of education to develop and implement a school readiness screening to validate a child's school readiness when a student enters kindergarten or an developmentally appro...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12
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Student Assessment and Educational Accountability Act of 2004 - P-16
S.B. 33 10
Adds Ark. Code 6-15-2201. Requires postsecondary education to report on the readiness of high school students for higher education; the state board of education shall require schools and districts to develop strategies to improve student readiness for postseco...

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OKEmergency Rule Adoption 11/2003P-12Mathematics Instruction Competencies
OAC 210:20-9-172
Specifies that early childhood education includes pre-kindergarten-third grade. Expands on the competencies for teaching mathematics that teachers up to grade three must have. OKLAHOMA REG 13002 (SN)...

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CASigned into law 08/2003P-12
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Community College
Education Finance
A.B. 1754
Relates to reimburse rates under the Child Care and Development Services Act, revenue limits for school districts and county superintendents of schools for 2003-04 and 2004-05 fiscal years, school district's school building maintenance account, school district...

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ILSigned into law 08/2003P-12Summer Kindergarten
S.B. 903
Allows a school board to establish, maintain, and operate a summer kindergarten program for grade one readiness. Provides the summer kindergarten program may be held within the school district or under a contract that must be approved by the state board of edu...

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MISigned into law 08/2003P-12School Readiness Program Procedures
H.B. 4391 (multiple provisions)
Sec. 703. (1) The funds appropriated in part 1 for school readiness programs shall be made available through a competitive application process as follows:
(a) An applicant may be any public or private nonprofit legal entity or agency other than a local or inte...

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DESigned into law 06/2003P-12Lead Poisoning
S.B. 74
Permits a student to enroll in kindergarten without the student first being screened for lead poisoning; requires that the student be screened within 60 calendar days of enrollment. http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/LIS142.NSF/c6fe685e20e98b2b882569a60053971e/d...

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DESigned into law 06/2003P-12Early Childhood Education Programs
H.J.R. 9
Creates a task force to examine early childhood education programs; develops a plan for implementation of universal pre-kindergarten and full day kindergarten. http://www.legis.state.de.us/Legislature.nsf/fsLIS?openframeset&Frame=Main&Src=/LIS/LIS142.NSF/Home!...

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CTSigned into law 06/2003P-12Funding to Promote Children's Well-being
S.B. 886
Requires the State Prevention Council to determine long-term goals, strategies and outcome measures to promote the health and well being of children and families including; early intervention strategies, an increase in healthy pregnant women and newborns, a de...

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AKSigned into law 06/2003P-12Admission to and Advancement in Public Schools
H.B. 154
Relates to advancement in public schools of children under school age; provides that a district's educational program must prescribe that under school-age students advance through the curriculum or grade level by the following school year. http://www.legis.sta...

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TNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Mandatory Kindergarten
S.B. 1974
Removes a reference in TCA 49-6-301 which made kindergarten an optional program. Under current law, kindergarten is a mandatory program....

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COPartial veto 05/2003P-12Financing of Public Schools
S.B. 248
Concerns the procedures for the funding of public schools, including adjustments to the district size factor, minimum per pupil funding, at-risk student calculation; temporary reduction of number of children participating on the Colorado Preschool Program; cha...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Early Intervention Block Grant Program Repeal Date
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Changes repeal date from 2003 to 2004 on chapter establishing statewide early intervention block grant program. Components of this program include K-3 class size reduction and K-3 diagnostic reading assessments. Chapter requires districts to annually report to...

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NDSigned into law 04/2003P-12Teacher Qualifications (Early Childhood and Kindergarten)
H.B. 1489
Requires the state board to issue major equivalency endorsements and minor equivalency endorsements (new requirement). Also adds new requirement for early childhood by requiring the education standards and practices board to issue an optional early childhood ...

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SCBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 04/2003P-12Program Readiness Test
H.B. 3870
(Joint Resolution)The CSAB was administered for the last time in fall 2001. The Education Accountability Act of 1998 (EAA) required the development/selection of developmentally appropriate readiness assessments for grades one and two. The South Carolina Readin...

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SCBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 04/2003P-12Kindergarten Objectives
H.B. 3869
(Joint Resolution) Approves regulations of the Board of Education; relates to basic skills assessment programs kindergarten objectives....

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OKSigned into law 04/2003P-12Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act
H.B. 1094
Creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act; states intent, purposes, and goals; creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board; states powers and duties of the Board; requires annual report and specifies contents of report; designat...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12The Better Chance for School Success Program
H.B. 2376
Creates the Better Chance for School Success Program to provide early education for low-income, 3- and 4-year-old children in low-performing school districts. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2376.pdf...

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NMSigned into law 04/2003P-12Kindergarten for Disadvantaged Students
H.B. 61
Creates a three-year kindergarten plus pilot project to study the efficacy of extending the kindergarten year by four months for disadvantaged students; assesses the effect of kindergarten plus on the literacy, numeric, and cognitive and social skills developm...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Quality Education Act of 2003 - Accountability and Assessment
H.B. 2697 (Omnibus Bill)
Amends 6-15-402 - 6-15-406. Creates the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment, and Accountability Program Act; including requiring the State Board of Education to establish standards defining what students should know in content areas and a system for ...

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MSSigned into law 03/2003P-12Cost-Benefit Analysis of Pre-Kindergarten, Mandatory Kindergarten and Occupational Diplomas
H.B. 859
Requires the department of education to conduct a needs assessment to determine what areas do not currently have pre-kindergarten programs, and a cost-benefit analysis creating statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Requires department to perform cost-benefit a...

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12Skills Needed for Children Entering Kindergarten
H.B. 1951
Requires the department of education to develop a list of skills that child should have in order to be prepared to enter kindergarten. The department must publish this list and distribute it to parents and early childhood educators. The list does not create pr...

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CAVetoed 09/2002P-12Compulsory Attendance for Kindergarten
A.B. 634
Makes, commencing 7/1/2004, the Compulsory Attendance Law apply to a child, and the parents or guardian of a child between the ages of 5 and 6 who is enrolled in a public school kindergarten and attends the kindergarten for at least 30 days during the school y...

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MDSigned into law 07/2002P-12Full-Day Kindergarten Implementation
S.B. 856
Requires county boards to provide full-day kindergarten for all kindergarten students by 2007-08 school year. Each district's comprehensive master plan must identify the strategies that will be used in that county to ensure that all kindergarten students rece...

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RISigned into law 06/2002P-12Kindergarten Entrance Age
H.B. 7342
This act amends the date of a child attending kindergarten at the age of five (5) years by reducing the eligibility date from December 31 to July 1 of any school year. Takes effect upon passage....

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COSigned into law 06/2002P-12School-Readiness Child Care Subsidation Program
H.B. 1297
Creates the School-Readiness Child Care Subsidization Program on and after January 1, 2003, which program offers three-year school-readiness subsidies to county departments of social services to increase the school readiness of children age 5 and younger enrol...

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IASigned into law 05/2002P-12School Ready Children Grants Account
H.B. 2615
Appropriates $1,153,250 from the Healthy Iowans tobacco trust to the school ready children grants account. http://www.legis.state.ia.us/GA/79GA/Legislation/HF/02600/HF02615/Current.html...

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HISigned into law 04/2002P-12School Readiness
S.B. 2283
Defines the term "school readiness" to mean that young children are ready to have successful learning experiences in school when there is a positive interaction among the child's developmental characteristics, school practices, and family and community support...

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CASigned into law 09/2001P-12Student Records for pre-school students
A.B. 1539
Requires State-funded preschool or infant and toddler program to provide a child's records to a public school when the child transfers, as specified. Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to advise local education agencies regarding related federal...

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CASigned into law 07/2001P-12Kindergarten Students in a Year-Round School
A.B. 764
Authorizes a pupil in a kindergarten in a school operating on a program of multitrack year-round scheduling to be kept in school on any day for 265 minutes of instruction, exclusive of recesses....

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OKSigned into law 05/2001P-12Full-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 1499--Multiple Components
Every school district must provide and offer a full six-hour day of kindergarten free of tuition for every child residing in such district who attains the age of five (5) years on or before the first day of September during the school year such kindergarten is...

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Kindergarten Enrollment
H.B. 1092
Allows six-year olds that did not attend kindergarten the opportunity to enroll in either kindergarten or first grade; allows school principals to approve the enrollment of four-year olds into kindergarten....

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Children Entering Kindergarten
H.B. 2195
Requires the Department of Education to develop and conduct readiness testing for children who are entering kindergarten....

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NMVetoed 04/2001P-12Omnibus Bill with Appropriations
S.B. 307
Creates public school reading proficiency fund to help train teachers to teach reading and writing to students below grade level; sets up "enterprise centers" to provide fee-for-service assistance to districts; creates "probationary school intervention funds" ...

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NMSigned into law 03/2001P-12Amends Full-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 246
Full-day kindergarten programs shall be phased in over a five-year period as follows with priority given to those school districts that serve children in schools with the highest proportion of students most in need based upon indicators in the at-risk [factor]...

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OHSigned into law 11/2000P-12Kindergarten Entrance Age
H.B. 383
Permits school district boards beginning with the 2000-2001 school year to adopt the first day of August, instead of the thirtieth day of September, as the date by which a child must be five years of age to be admitted to kindergarten and six years of age to b...

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NHSigned into law 06/2000P-12Alternative Kindergarten Programs
H.B. 1188
Relates to the establishment of an alternative kindergarten program within a school district; provides that school districts operating an approved alternative kindergarten program shall be eligible to receive adequate education grant distributions; provides fo...

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NHSigned into law 06/2000P-12Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 397
Makes an appropriation from the Education Trust Fund to the Department of Education for the funding of public kindergarten programs; adjusts the Adequate Education Grant amount for the Town of Orange for the fiscal year 2000; adjusts the property tax warrant i...

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OKVetoed 06/2000P-12Partnership for School Readiness
S.B. 1597
Creates the Partnership for School Readiness Act to facilitate community collaboration of efforts and services that will prepare children to enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Goal also to stress importance of reading to children for 15 minutes per da...

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FLSigned into law 05/2000P-12Composition of School Readiness Partnership
S.B. 2088
Relates to school readiness; provides sovereign immunity for school readiness coalitions; revises funding for prekindergarten early intervention programs; authorizes the Governor at the request of the Florida Partnership for School Readiness to request approva...

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ALSigned into law 05/2000P-12Office of School Readiness and Pre-Kindergarten Program
S.B. 132
Creates the Office of School Readiness within the Department of Children's Affairs; provides for the operation and management of a voluntary pre-kindergarten program....

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NYSigned into law 05/2000P-12Full-day Kindergarten, Universal Prekindergarten Reserve Fund
A.B. 9291
Relates to state aid for school districts; funds a workforce education program in New York City; creates the Universal Prekindergarten Reserve Fund; provides State aid for conversion to full day kindergarten; relates to administration of the School Tax Relief ...

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INSigned into law 03/2000P-12Reports to the Public; Kindergarten
S.B. 489
Requires the mailing, instead of publishing, of the school corporation performance report; provides that a child must be at least five years of age on July 1 of the 2000-2001 school year or any subsequent school year to officially enroll in a kindergarten prog...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Early Childhood Component
H.B. 1187
There is created an Early Intervention Program in kindergarten and a Primary Grades Early Intervention Program in grades 1-3. These programs are for students performing below grade level. The Office of Education Accountability and the State Board of Education ...

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GASigned by governor 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Early Intervention Component
H.B. 1187
There is created an Early Intervention Program in kindergarten and a Primary Grades Early Intervention Program in grades 1-3. These programs are for students performing below grade level. The Office of Education Accountability and the State Board of Education ...

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NMSigned into law 02/2000P-12Full Day Kindergarten
H.B. 211
Relates to full day kindergarten programs; provides funding....

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NJSigned into law 01/2000P-12Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten
A.B. 2773
Provides additional State aid to support full-day kindergarten programs in charter schools located in the Abbott districts....

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