SACRMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement yesterday (Sept. 30) after signing SB 1381 by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto):

“SB 1381 is a landmark accomplishment for early childhood developmental education in California, and I’m proud to sign this important legislation. The best investment we can make in the future of our state is to provide a quality education to California’s children, and this legislation ensures that their academic careers are built on a strong foundation. I commend Senator Joe Simitian for authoring SB 1381 and for his steadfast dedication to California’s students.”

SB 1381 changes current law to require, when finally phased in, that students starting kindergarten must turn five by September 1 of the school year. The bill also creates an ongoing “transitional” kindergarten program for students impacted by the change in age for admission date.