Indiana official pushing for mandatory kindergarten

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In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2015, kindergartner Lauren Meek, second left, works with a pair of second graders as they work on programming during their weekly computer science lesson at Marshall Elementary School in Marysville, Wash. The school, north of Seattle, joined a growing movement nationwide to expose more public school children to computer […]

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Indiana’s state school superintendent is pushing for mandatory kindergarten in the state.

Kindergartners learn computing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Kindergartners learn computing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick tells the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star that while the Legislature provided additional funding for pre-K this year, some children may not follow up with kindergarten because state law doesn’t require attendance.

McCormick says 7,000 children in Indiana aren’t enrolled in kindergarten. She says they may face many disadvantages when they start formal schooling.

Legislation that would’ve required parents to send their children to kindergarten has been introduced in recent years but hasn’t advanced in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

The Education Commission of the States says Indiana is among 16 states that don’t require school attendance until age 7. Fifteen states require children to attend kindergarten at age 5 or before enrolling in first grade.

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