April 12, 2011, Introduced by Senator BOOHER and referred to the Committee on Education.
A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled
"The revised school code,"
by amending section 1147 (MCL 380.1147).
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
1147. (1) A
who is a resident of a school
not maintaining a that
does not provide kindergarten and
who is at least 5 years of age on the first day of enrollment of
, shall have a right to may attend
school in the
In a school district
where provision is made for kindergarten
work, that provides
kindergarten, a child , who is a
of the school district
, is entitled to may enroll
kindergarten if the child is at least 5 years of age on December 1
the school year of enrollment.
In a school district which has semiannual
promotions, a child, resident of the district, is entitled
to enroll in kindergarten for the second semester if the child
is at least 5 years of age on March 1 of the year of enrollment.
Beginning with the 2011-2012 school
year, a child who
resides in the school district may enroll in kindergarten if the
child is at least 5 years of age on the September 1 immediately
(3) If the parent or legal guardian of a child residing in the
school district who is not 5 years of age on the September 1 date
specified in subsection (2), but who will be 5 years of age not
later than December 1 of the school year of enrollment, wants to
enroll the child in kindergarten before the school year in which
the child is eligible for kindergarten under subsection (2), the
parent or legal guardian may apply for a waiver under this
subsection. To obtain a waiver, the parent or legal guardian shall
apply to the principal of the school in which the child would
enroll, using an application form obtained from the principal, not
later than May 1 preceding the school year for which enrollment is
sought. Upon receipt of the application, the principal shall form a
committee consisting of a school administrator and 2 teachers to
evaluate the child's kindergarten readiness. The committee shall
administer to the child a skills level assessment commonly used in
the school district for evaluating kindergarten readiness and shall
conduct an interview with the child and the child's parent or legal
guardian. Not later than July 1 preceding the school year for which
enrollment is sought, the committee shall notify the parent or
legal guardian of its decision of whether or not to grant the
(4) The ages prescribed in this section for a child's
eligibility for enrollment in a school district also apply to a
child's eligibility to enroll in a public school academy.
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect
unless Senate Bill No. 316
of the 96th Legislature is enacted into law.