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Sponsors: Reps. Mulvaney, Shoopman, Bedingfield, E.H. Pitts, Ballentine, Harrell and Cotty
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 1083
Introduced in the House on January 30, 2008
Currently residing in the House Committee on Education and Public Works
Summary: Age of students
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/30/2008 House Introduced and read first time HJ-87 1/30/2008 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-87 4/2/2008 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Cotty
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 59-63-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO AGE OF ATTENDANCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SO AS TO ALLOW CHILDREN WHO HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED AN OUT-OF-STATE OR PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM OR FIRST GRADE WITH A DIFFERENT AGE REQUIREMENT TO ATTEND KINDERGARTEN OR FIRST GRADE IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-63-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-63-20. It is
not lawful unlawful for any a person who is less than five or more than twenty-one years of age to attend any of the public schools a public school of this State, including kindergarten, except that:
(1) persons over twenty-one years of age may attend night schools;
(2) when a pupil is in the graduating class and becomes twenty-one years of age before graduation, he is permitted to complete the term if he is otherwise qualified
to do so;
(3) students may enter kindergarten in the public schools of this State if they will attain the age of five on or before September first of the applicable school year or have substantially initiated
a an accredited public or private school kindergarten program in another this state or another state that has a different attendance age requirement from South Carolina public schools;
(4) students may not enter the first grade in the public schools of this State unless they will attain the age of six on or before September first of the applicable school year or have substantially initiated
a first grade an accredited program in another state that has a different attendance age requirement from South Carolina or have attended a an accredited public or private school kindergarten program for one full school year;
(5) the restrictions in this section may be waived by the local board of school trustees in
any the proper case. However, that if the provisions of items (3) and (4) of this section are not complied with, the school district is not entitled to receive any state aid for any students who fail to meet these requirements;
(6) four-year-olds may attend optional child development programs and all three-year-old, four-year-old, and five-year-old children with disabilities in accordance with their individual education program, may participate in any public education preschool program, including optional child development programs. Children with disabilities served in four-year-old optional child development programs may be counted for funding under both funding sources."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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