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theschoolboards
05-18-2012, 10:21 AM
From L.A. Daily News (http://www.dailynews.com/education/ci_20647041/lausd-expanding-transitional-kindergarten-all-its-elementary-schools) by Barbara Jones:

Despite a lack of financial and political support from Gov. Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Unified will expand its transitional kindergarten program this fall to all 400-plus elementary schools in the district, officials said Thursday.

TK is a two-year program that lets youngsters progress at their own pace, giving them extra time to master the academic, social and developmental skills required of today's kindergartners.

Los Angeles Unified has been operating 109 TK classes under a pilot program. While the district initially planned to add 100 more schools each of the next three years, officials have decided instead to launch TK everywhere this fall.

"With the success of our transitional kindergarten pilot program, we have seen first-hand the impact of giving our students the gift of time," Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement.

"Our students are making strong gains, especially in early literacy and math, and our English-language learners are making dramatic progress."

TK is the result of a 2010 law that gradually moves up the date that kids are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Under the new law, the cutoff for standard kindergarten shifts this year from the long-standing Dec. 2 deadline to Nov. 1, and to Oct. 1 in 2013 and Sept. 1 in 2014.

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