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ALERT – Stop Mandatory Kindergarten in California

I’m writing to ask all of you who live in California to TAKE ACTION.

The hearing for AB 2203 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th, so it’s imperative to contact your Assembly Member and urge a NO vote by Tuesday, March 27th. And please urge your friends, family, support groups, etc., to contact their representatives too.

The California Homeschool Network and HSLDA have released ACTION ALERTS.

Stop AB 2203

You can read the text of AB 2203, introduced by Assembly Member Perez here

The bill will amend Sections 48200 & 28210 of California’s Education Code and LOWER THE COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AGE from 6 to 5 years old.

California already has tuition free, Kindergarten programs that the majority of 5-year-olds attend. We don’t need to make Kindergarten mandatory.

Plus, research studies show that the focus on academics and separation from parents at such an early age are detrimental to the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of young children.

The California Homeschool Network provided this information:

“Contact your Representative to have your voice heard about this bill. Here is the link to the Committee. Check and see if you live in any of their districts, you can contact them directly about the bill. If you are not in any of the Committee’s districts, contact your Representative and let them know how you feel about this bill.”

And to make it a little easier…

To find your Assembly Member enter your address here.

Because the hearing is set for Wed., March 28th, it’s imperative to contact your Assembly Member no later than Tuesday, March 27th.

They don’t pay as much attention to emails, and there may not be enough time to write and mail a letter. The best way to get your voice heard is to call them on the phone or send a fax.

That contact information is provided when you locate your Assembly Member using the link above.

For those who have never made a call to a representative, their assistants are trained to take messages about opposition to bills. So, just explain that you’re calling to let your Assembly Member know that you are OPPOSED to AB 2203 that would amend California’s Education Code to LOWER the compulsory attendance age from 6 to 5. They will take your message. If you call after hours, you can leave a voice mail message.  You can fax a message at any time.

HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) also provide instructions on how to help here.


Thank you,


Diane Flynn Keith

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