Bill would change birth date requirement for kindergarten students

January 13, 2012 

The Senate Education Committee approved a bill on Thursday that would change the cut-off birth date for children starting kindergarten.

Currently, children must be five years old by Oct. 1 to start kindergarten. That means some children can start kindergarten as four-year-olds and still meet the deadline.

Under Senate Bill 24, all kindergarten students must be 5 by Aug. 1. Anyone born after that date would have to wait another year before starting kindergarten.

The bill also would change a requirement that all children who are 6 by Oct. 1 must attend school. Under the proposal, children who are 6 by Aug. 1 must attend school.

If approved by the full Senate and House, the changes would take effect in the fall of 2013.

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