SFUSD to keep transitional kindergarten at two schools; parents upset by plans

San Francisco Unified School District has backed away from its decision to cancel transitional kindergarten, a program for children whose Fifth birthdays come after a new cutoff date for entering school. But the new plan has drawn criticism from parents.

In January, after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to cut funding for the state-mandated program, the district said it would scrap it. But Tuesday, district officials announced they would offer it at two early-education schools: Havard in the Bayview and McClaren in Visitacion Valley.

Spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said the district would send a letter to parents this week informing them of the decision, which will stand even if lawmakers choose to fund the program. If the sites fill up, the district will start a program at another early education school.

Marija Maldonado, who planned to send her 4-year-old to transitional kindergarten, said parents would continue to press for waivers that would allow children whose birthdays fall after the Nov. 1 cutoff date to start regular kindergarten anyway.

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