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Senate File 2051

SENATE FILE BY DANIELSON Passed Senate, Date Passed House, Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act beginning the compulsory education attendance age at age 2 five, providing for related matters, and providing an 3 effective date. 4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 5 TLSB 5663SS 82 6 kh/nh/14 PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. Section 282.3, subsections 1 and 2, Code 2007, 1 2 are amended to read as follows: 1 3 1. The board may exclude from school children under the 1 4 age of six five years when in its judgment such children are 1 5 not sufficiently mature to be benefited by regular 1 6 instruction, or any child who is found to be physically or 1 7 mentally unable to attend school under section 299.5, or whose 1 8 presence in school has been found to be injurious to the 1 9 health of other pupils, or is efficiently taught for the 1 10 scholastic year at a state institution. However, the board 1 11 shall provide special education programs and services under 1 12 chapters 256B, 257, and 273 for all children requiring special 1 13 education. 1 14 2. The conditions of admission to public schools for work 1 15 in the year immediately preceding the first grade and in the 1 16 first grade shall be as follows: 1 17 A child under the age of six five years on the fifteenth of 1 18 September 15 of the current school year shall not be admitted 1 19 to a public school unless the child participated in the prior 1 20 year in an approved preschool program implemented by the board 1 21 of directors of the school has adopted and put into effect 1 22 courses of study for the school year immediately preceding the 1 23 first grade, approved by the department of education, and has 1 24 employed a practitioner or practitioners for this work with 1 25 standards of training approved by the board of educational 1 26 examiners. 1 27 No child shall be admitted to school work for the year 1 28 immediately preceding the first grade unless the child is five 1 29 years of age on or before the fifteenth of September of the 1 30 current school year. 1 31 No child shall be admitted to the first grade unless the 1 32 child is six years of age on or before the fifteenth of 1 33 September of the current school year; except that a child 1 34 under six years of age who has been admitted to school work 1 35 for the year immediately preceding the first grade under 2 1 conditions approved by the department of education, district 2 2 in accordance with chapter 256C or who the child has 2 3 demonstrated the possession of sufficient ability to profit by 2 4 first=grade kindergarten work on the basis of tests or other 2 5 means of evaluation recommended or approved by the department 2 6 of education, may be admitted to first grade at any time 2 7 before December 31. 2 8 Sec. 2. Section 299.1A, Code 2007, is amended to read as 2 9 follows: 2 10 299.1A COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AGE. 2 11 A Except as provided in section 299.2, a child who has 2 12 reached the age of six five and is under sixteen years of age 2 13 by September 15 is of compulsory attendance age. However, if 2 14 a child enrolled in a school district or accredited nonpublic 2 15 school reaches the age of sixteen on or after September 15, 2 16 the child remains of compulsory age until the end of the 2 17 regular school calendar. 2 18 Sec. 3. STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED. In accordance 2 19 with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring 2 20 compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall 2 21 be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid 2 22 received by the school district under section 257.16. This 2 23 specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed 2 24 to meet all the state funding=related requirements of section 2 25 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding shall be 2 26 necessary for the full implementation of this Act by and 2 27 enforcement of this Act against all affected school districts. 2 28 Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act takes effect July 1, 2 29 2009. 2 30 EXPLANATION 2 31 This bill lowers the minimum compulsory school attendance 2 32 age from age six to age five. 2 33 The bill also lowers from age six to age five the age at 2 34 which a child may be excluded from admission by the board of 2 35 directors of a school district when in the board's judgment 3 1 the child is not sufficiently mature, is found to be 3 2 physically or mentally unable to attend school, or whose 3 3 presence in school has been found to be injurious to the 3 4 health of other pupils. 3 5 The bill provides that a child under the age of five on 3 6 September 15 shall not be admitted to public school unless the 3 7 child participated in the prior year in an approved preschool 3 8 program or the child has demonstrated the possession of 3 9 sufficient ability to profit by kindergarten work on the basis 3 10 of tests or other means of evaluation recommended or approved 3 11 by the department of education. 3 12 The bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code 3 13 section 25B.3. The bill requires that the state cost of any 3 14 state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school 3 15 district from state school foundation aid received by the 3 16 school district under Code section 257.16. The specification 3 17 is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state 3 18 mandate funding=related requirements of Code section 25B.2. 3 19 The inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate 3 20 the requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any 3 21 state mandates included in the bill. 3 22 The bill takes effect July 1, 2009. 3 23 LSB 5663SS 82 3 24 kh/nh/14.1
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