A transitional kindergarten class at Oakland’s Greenleaf Elementary. — Laura A. Oda/ Bay Area News Group
The parents of 4-year-olds with fall birthdays — not yet in the public school system — have already come face to face with the topsy-turvy ways of Sacramento.
Take the parents of kids born in November 2007. Since 2010, they’ve been told their children will be too young for kindergarten in 2012 under the new cutoff date, but that they will be entitled to a spot in a new grade-level, transitional kindergarten.
Now, about seven months before the first day of school, they learn that the governor is proposing to cut the program to save $223 million.
The final decision is up to the state Legislature, but — as we all know — that’s likely months away. So, depending on where the families live, their school district might enroll them in transitional kinder anyway, hoping for the best, or inform them the class is being canceled. My colleague at the Mercury News, Sharon Noguchi, wrote about it this week.
Oakland and San Jose are still hoping to offer transitional kinder – at least, for now – but San Francisco canceled its plans, even though the law currently requires districts to do so.
Yvonne Delbanco, OUSD’s transitional kindergarten coordinator, said the district has collected more than 100 applications so far. “I’m being candid with families about the uncertainty at the state level,” she said.
Are you or someone you know stuck in limbo as a result of this development?