Mandatory kindergarten measure clears first hurdle, ‘That first building block’

BY WILL SENTELL | STAFF WRITER

Legislation that would make kindergarten mandatory in Louisiana cleared its first hurdle Wednesday when the Senate Education Committee approved it 5-1.

The measure, Senate Bill 10, next faces action in the full Senate and enjoys the support of superintendents, teachers, early childhood advocates, school boards and others.

“Any message the state can send to parents on the importance of early childhood education is important,” said Sarah Vandergriff, legal and policy director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, which backs the legislation.

“It is that first building block,” Vandergriff said of kindergarten.

Existing state law requires school districts to offer kindergarten but enrollment is not required. Children are required to attend school starting at the age of 7.

SB10 would require children who turn five years old by Sept. 30 to attend kindergarten starting with the… Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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