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HOUSE BILL NO. 740
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KINDERGARTEN - Amends existing law to provide that school attendance is
compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen years; to provide that
school districts shall provide a kindergarten program; and to provide that
attendance in kindergarten is compulsory.
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AYES -- Andersen, Block, Boe, Bradford, Cannon, Cuddy, Douglas,
Edmunson, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Langhorst, Martinez, Miller,
Mitchell, Naccarato, Pasley-Stuart, Ridinger, Ringo, Robison, Sayler,
Shepherd, Shirley, Smith(30), Smylie, Trail(Bennett)
NAYS -- Barraclough, Barrett, Bauer, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Black, Bolz,
Campbell, Clark, Collins, Crow, Deal, Denney, Eberle, Ellsworth,
Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Harwood, Kellogg,
Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, McGeachin, McKague, Meyer, Moyle, Nielsen,
Raybould, Ring, Roberts, Rydalch, Sali, Schaefer, Skippen, Smith(24),
Snodgrass, Stevenson, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker
Absent and excused -- None
Floor Sponsor - Boe
Filed in the Office of the Chief Clerk
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 740
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE; AMENDING SECTION 33-202, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE
3 THAT SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND SIXTEEN
4 YEARS; AMENDING SECTION 33-208, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT SCHOOL DIS-
5 TRICTS SHALL PROVIDE A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM AND THAT ATTENDANCE IN KINDER-
6 GARTEN IS COMPULSORY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
8 SECTION 1. That Section 33-202, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
9 amended to read as follows:
10 33-202. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMPULSORY. The parent or guardian of any child
11 resident in this state who has attained the age of seven six ( 76) years at the
12 time of the commencement of school in his district, but not the age of sixteen
13 (16) years, shall cause the child to be instructed in subjects commonly and
14 usually taught in the public schools of the state of Idaho. Unless the child
15 is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the
16 child to attend a public, private or parochial school during a period in each
17 year equal to that in which the public schools are in session; there to con-
18 form to the attendance policies and regulations established by the board of
19 trustees, or other governing body, operating the school attended.
20 SECTION 2. That Section 33-208, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
21 amended to read as follows:
22 33-208. KINDERGARTENS AND CHILD ATTENDANCE NOT COMPULSORY. It shall not
23 be compulsory for individual school districts to establish a kindergarten pro-
24 gram; and it shall not be mandatory for a child who is eligible by age for
25 attendance to enroll in an established public, private or parochial kindergar-
26 ten unless otherwise comparably instructed.
27 SECTION 3. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July
28 1, 2005.
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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation would require children "eligible by age" to
attend kindergarten at a public or private school "unless the
child is otherwise comparably instructed". This requirement would
reduce the number of children who show up for first grade with no
previous instruction and already behind their peers in reading
readiness and other first grade challenges.
The estimated number of kindergarten children effected would
be less than two hundred. The Department of Education believes
that additional students can be accommodated without additional
funding. Costs of remediation services should be reduced.
Name: Representative Donna Boe
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 740