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HouseBill Number: 3310Primary Sponsor: PhillipsType of Legislation: GBSubject: School districts, attendance requirementsResiding Body: HouseDate Tabled: 19940113Computer Document Number: BBM/9030SD.93Introduced Date: 19930128Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19940113Last History Type: TabledScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Phillips Rogers McTeer A. Young MeachamType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 3310 House 19940113 Tabled 3310 House 19930407 Debate adjourned until Tuesday, April 13, 1993 3310 House 19930309 Debate adjourned until Wednesday, March 10, 1993 3310 House 19930309 Objection by Representative Cromer 3310 House 19930308 Debate adjourned until Tuesday, March 9, 1993 3310 House 19930303 Objection withdrawn by Moody_Lawren Representative ce White 3310 House 19930302 Objection withdrawn by Inabinett Representative Whipper 3310 House 19930218 Objection by Representative Whipper White Gonzales Keyserling Canty Beatty Inabinett Moody_Lawren ce J. Brown 3310 House 19930217 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 3310 House 19930128 Introduced, read first time, 21 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
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February 17, 1993
Introduced by REPS. Phillips, Rogers, McTeer, A. Young and Meacham
S. Printed 2/17/93--H.
Read the first time January 28, 1993.
To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3310), to amend Section 59-63-20, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the age of attendance for the public schools of this state, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding a new section to be appropriately numbered which shall read:
/SECTION . Section 59-19-340 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-19-340. The board of trustees of each school district may establish and provide for the education of children who will attain the age of four on or before November September first of the applicable school year in child development programs. The board of trustees of school districts having programs serving three and four-year-olds on the date of enactment of this section may continue to serve three-year-old children."
Amend the bill further, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 3 and inserting:
/SECTION 3. The provisions of Sections 59-19-340, 59-63-20 and 59-65-10 of the 1976 Code, as amended by this act, are applicable only to prekindergarten and kindergarten students for school year 1993-94 and beginning with the school year 1994-95 are applicable to all students in prekindergarten and grades K-12./
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.
OLIN R. PHILLIPS, for Committee.
TO AMEND SECTION 59-63-20, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE AGE OF ATTENDANCE FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THIS STATE AND SECTION 59-65-10, RELATING TO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS OR GUARDIANS TO CAUSE THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND SCHOOL SO AS TO CHANGE FROM NOVEMBER FIRST TO SEPTEMBER FIRST THE DATE IN A PARTICULAR SCHOOL YEAR WHICH DETERMINES A CHILD'S ELIGIBILITY FOR ATTENDANCE BASED ON AGE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-63-20 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 322 of 1990, is further amended to read:
"Section 59-63-20. It shall is not be lawful for any person who is less than five or more than twenty-one years of age to attend any of the free public schools 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 shall be is permitted to complete the term if 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 November September first of the applicable school year or have substantially initiated a public school kindergarten program in another state that has a different attendance age requirement from South Carolina.;
(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 November September first of the applicable school year or have substantially initiated a first grade program in another state that has a different attendance age requirement from South Carolina or have attended a public 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 proper case; provided, however. However, that if the provisions of items (3) and (4) of this section are not complied with, the school district shall is not be entitled to receive any state aid for any students who fail to meet such these requirements.;
(6) Four-year-olds may attend optional child development programs and all three-year-old, four-year-old, and five-year-old handicapped children may participate in early intervention programs."
SECTION 2. Section 59-65-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-65-10. (A) All parents or guardians shall cause their children or wards to regularly attend a public or private school or kindergarten of this State which has been approved by the State Board of Education or a member school of the South Carolina Independent Schools' Association or some similar organization, or a parochial, denominational, or church-related school, or other programs which have been approved by the State Board of Education from the school year in which the child or ward is five years of age before November September first until the child or ward attains his seventeenth birthday or graduates from high school. Any parent or guardian whose child or ward is not six years of age on or before the first day of November September of a particular school year may elect for their child or ward not to attend kindergarten. For this purpose, the parent or guardian must sign a written document making such this election with the governing body of the school district wherein the parent or guardian resides. The form of this written document must be prescribed by regulation of the Department of Education. Upon the written election being executed, that child or ward may not be required to attend kindergarten.
(B) Each school district shall provide transportation to and from public school for all pupils enrolled in public kindergarten classes who request the transportation. Regulations of the State Board of Education governing the operation of school buses shall apply."
SECTION 3. The provisions of Section 59-63-20 and 59-65-10 of the 1976 Code, as amended by this act, are applicable only to kindergarten students and beginning with the school year 1994-95 are applicable to all students in grades K-12.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.