A state law signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010 required school districts to start phasing in a new transitional kindergarten grade over a three-year period. The new set of classes is intended for students too young to be in traditional kindergarten but too old to be in pre-school. Under a transitional kindergarten program, students who turn five years old by Sept 1 in any school year would qualify to enroll.
But Governor Jerry Brown’s recently proposed budget called for eliminating funding for transitional-K programs, even though many districts have already started pilot programs. San Francisco was one of those districts, but it announced today it won’t offer transitional kindergarten in the next school year due to the uncertainty surrounding funding.