Illinois Senate moves to a lower compulsory school age

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SPRINGFIELD (Illinios News Network) – Children in Illinois would start with kindergarten at the age of 5 years under a plan that was moving forward at the state house.

Illinois graduates are a step closer to age to lower the school to start.

Senate Illinois approved last week plan to lower the age to 5 years of age. Many parents start their children at age 6. Existing state law states that children must be in school between the ages of 7 and 17.

Democrat Kim Lightford said children would be able to lower their age.

“It's time for them not to wait until their 6 years of age begins at school,” Lightford said at the civil service last week. “If parents feel that their children turn 5 over the summer months, then they have the extra year to make sure their children are ready.”

Critics, like Peoria Republican Chuck Weaver, said that parents should decide when children are ready for school, rather than for the state.

“The parents are very worried about the state taking the decision from them,” said Weaver. “Many children are not willing to go to school at the age of 5 years old [decision] away from parents. ”

In addition to lowering the school age, the plan would require all school areas in the state to start kindergarten classes for five year olds.



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