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AB 2203


Bill:  AB 2203 (Perez) as amended 4/24/12 – 5 Year-Old Compulsory Education

DEFEATED – A Tremendous Victory for Children and their Parents!!

Status:  AB 2203 died in the Assembly.

Summary of Concern:

AB 2203 would have been detrimental to the right of parents to protect their children by coercively lowering the compulsory education age from 6 to 5 years of age, in effect making kindergarten mandatory.  This bill is similar to, but different from AB 1772.

The vast majority of research demonstrates that while some children who enter school at the age of 5 years or younger, under certain circumstances, may experience short-term gains, these disappear after two to four years.  Conversely, many children, especially boys, would have experienced long-lasting adverse effects from being forced into a formal education program at age five or younger.  For documentation of this important point, see the background paper on summary of research at

AB 2203 also would have taken another incremental step toward forcing a mandatory state-licensed preschool program for all 3 and 4 year-olds.

No further action is required on AB 2203.