Improve Georgia's "Entry Age for Public Kindergarten and First Grade" Laws for our kids!

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Alexis White started this petition to Governor Brian Kemp and

I demand a change with the Georgia Department of Education laws:

  1. Compulsory Attendance Laws
  2. Entry Age for Public Kindergarten and First Grade
  3. New Students Requirements 

Unfortunately, these three laws do not foster a child's environment to excel, thrive, and grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Instead, they hinder, stagnate, and limit our children's abilities to succeed.

For example, my six-year-old son was identified as a high-performing student, in Ohio, after testing out of kindergarten. However, after transferring to Fulton County Schools in January, he was demoted to kindergarten, even after providing documentation of his skills and abilities to perform as a first-grade student. This is why I would like to present the discrepancies with the aforementioned laws and advocate for change as I assert there is a form of age discrimination for high-performing students by:

  • Requiring students undergo kindergarten when it is deemed not mandatory per the Compulsory Attendance law
  • Refusing to accept grade-level transfers as-is per Entry Age for Public Kindergarten and First Grade law
  • Promoting favoritism for public school education over private schools when stating parents have options per the New Students Requirements law, which is not public information

After consulting with the Fulton County Board of Education, the Georgia Department of Education, and other organizations, it is exceptionally disheartening that my advocacy falls on deaf ears. Additionally, the school system offers lackluster support and engagement for high-performing students due to state laws.  

While we acknowledge that these are current laws, I propose a major revision to these laws to ensure Georgia remains competitive and provides equitable access for high-performing students and those with special needs and low-performing students. I advocate for children who have been placed on a trajectory for academic success without stifling them because their journeys started outside of Georgia.

I urge you to understand the cost of wasted time is extraordinary. On average, for every 180 instructional hours, only about 47 are genuinely at grade level. What do we say for students who are asked to repeat unnecessary courses? Not only is it a waste of valuable, irreplaceable instructional time, but it is an insult to those who have thrived in rigorous environments; yet are now demoted to meet the state age requirements for placement. What is the true gain here? More money per pupil?

Parents, let's demand change to ensure our children are not being railroaded due to antiquated laws. We should not register our children in private schools to afford them access to a better learning environment. As taxpayers, we have the right to have access to free education, which is equitable and rigorous, according to the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965. We have the right to maintain high standards for our children and to hold the school system accountable. 

Let's get her done, Georgia!

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