Published on January 13th, 2012 | by Paz2
China News: US Schools plan to scrap Kindergarten plan while China expands theirs….
The thing we most admire about the Chinese government and their parents is their value of education. It is not something that is put on the back burner while other topics take center stage. You might think healthcare, infrastructure, or your social security is more important but here in China education is #1.
Now it is debatable the quality of education and the education style. That I would debate myself, but it is undoubtedly something that every person with or without children feel is important and are willing to sacrifice for.
Which I found this article from The Huffington Post disappointing
by Terence Chea
SAN FRANCISCO — California educators and childcare advocates are protesting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to scrap a new program for children who are no longer old enough for kindergarten.
In his plan to close the state budget deficit, Brown proposes to cut funding for “transitional kindergarten,” a new grade level created when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that raised the starting age for kindergarten.
Kellie Little, a salon owner who lives in Marin County, said she was planning to send her son, who turns 5 in November, to the new kindergarten program at her local public school.
“Now I’m going to have to scramble to find another pre-K program,” Little said. “It’s going to be even more expensive. It’s definitely something I wasn’t budgeting for. I was planning to get my son into transitional kindergarten.”
The 2010 Kindergarten Readiness Act pushes back the date by which children must turn 5 to enter kindergarten from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1. The change will be phased in one month at a time over three years starting this fall.
The legislation established transitional kindergarten for kids who don’t make the new cutoff date. The program is to be taught by credentialed teachers and tailored to children who would turn 5 in September, October and November.
The governor’s plan would impact an estimated 40,000 children eligible for transitional kindergarten this fall – and about 120,000 kids when the law takes full effect in fall 2014.
Brown is seeking to close an estimated $9.2 billion budget deficit for 2012-2013 with a mix of temporary tax increases and spending cuts to social services and education.
The Democratic governor wants to save an estimated $224 million in the coming fiscal year by not requiring districts to offer transitional kindergarten. That savings would increase to $672 million in 2014-2015 when the kindergarten cutoff date is pushed back to Sept. 1. Read more….