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IL Senate passes bill requiring Kindergarten for 5-year-olds

SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) — The Illinois Senate passed a bill requiring all 5-year-olds attend Kindergarten.

Senate Bill 2075 would mandate all Illinois parents enroll their 5-year-olds in kindergarten, starting in the 2020-2021 school year. The bill passed the Senate 39-16 on April 12.

Senators Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) and Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) voted no on the measure.

Currently, parents must start their children in school at age 6 and keep them there until age 17. Parents have the option of sending their children as young as 4 to Kindergarten

Mandatory school attendance begins when children reach the compulsory age on or before Sept. 1 each school year. This bill would push that date up to May 31 each school year.

The bill is currently in the Illinois House Rules Committee.

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