CCSA Statement on Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program

September 18, 2012

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
vwaters@calcharters.org
(415) 505-7575

The following is a statement from Jed Wallace, president and CEO, CCSA, regarding the Transitional Kindergarten Program (TK), as it relates to California's charter schools.

"As written, the SB 1381 law--Transitional Kindergarten--does not mandate every charter school to offer the program. Rather, charter schools have discretion on when and whether to offer transitional kindergarten program in a manner that best meets the unique needs of its students, families and communities."

"While we expect that many charter schools will choose to offer programs like TK that will enrich the quality of their program, there are a number of operational issues that must be addressed at the local level before establishing a new program. Because of charter schools' statutory flexibility and autonomy, it is up to individual schools to determine whether to offer TK to their students."

For more information, please refer to the California Department of Education FAQ's on Transitional Kindergarten.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.

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