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HouseBill Number: 4932Primary Sponsor: JaskwhichType of Legislation: CRSubject: Full-day public kindrgartensResiding Body: SenateComputer Document Number: JIC/5794SD.94Introduced Date: 19940317Date of Last Amendment: 19940518Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19940527Last History Type: Recalled from Committee, placed on CalendarScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Jaskwhich Phillips Allison Farr Wright Keegan Kelley Stille Littlejohn Byrd Anderson McMahand StuartType of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 4932 Senate 19940527 Recalled from Committee, 04 placed on Calendar 4932 Senate 19940524 Introduced, referred to 04 Committee 4932 House 19940518 Amended, adopted, sent to Senate 4932 House 19940510 Debate adjourned 4932 House 19940414 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 4932 House 19940317 Introduced, referred to 21 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
May 27, 1994
Introduced by REPS. Jaskwhich, Phillips, Allison, Farr, Wright, Keegan, Kelley, Stille, Littlejohn, Byrd, Anderson, McMahand and Stuart
S. Printed 5/27/94--S.
Read the first time May 24, 1994.
TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF MANDATORY FULL-DAY PUBLIC KINDERGARTENS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO PROVIDE THAT THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SHALL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF CERTAIN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AGENCIES AND ENTITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMITTEE SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS TO THE RESPECTIVE EDUCATION COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY MARCH 1, 1995.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That a committee to study the feasibility of mandatory full-day public kindergartens is established as follows:
(A) The members of the committee shall be appointed by the Department of Education, and the department, in consultation with the House Education and Public Works Committee and the Senate Education Committee, shall include representatives from appropriate community and professional organizations or entities. The 1994 State Teacher of the Year shall also be a member of the committee and shall serve as its chair. The Department of Education shall provide staff support to the committee and it shall be convened no later than August 1, 1994.
(B) The committee shall study the feasibility of mandatory full-day public kindergartens in South Carolina. The committee shall examine relevant research and review the varying effects of current programs in terms of teaching methods, staff training, developmental appropriateness of curricula, and generally in terms of how well public prekindergarten and kindergarten programs are working. The committee shall make recommendations about the following issues:
1. the short-term and long-range effects of full-day kindergarten programs in terms of readiness for first grade;
2. the effects of reducing the teacher-pupil ratios in kindergarten and the level of significance of various ratios;
3. the effects of expanding three and four-year-old programs in terms of readiness for first grade;
4. the extent of integration of 0-5 parenting programs with preschool and kindergarten programs both as a precursor to public preschool programs and as ongoing parental involvement and training in prekindergarten and kindergarten programs; and
5. the effects of collaboration with Head Start and other preschool programs, and also with health and human service agencies.
(C) The committee shall report its findings to the House Education and Public Works Committee and the Senate Education Committee by March 1, 1995, at which time it shall be dissolved.
(D) Members of the committee shall receive the usual mileage, subsistence, and per diem paid by law to members of state boards, commissions, and committees to be paid from funds appropriated to the Department of Education.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the State Department of Education.