TERRE HAUTE, Ind.
(AP) - Indianaís state school superintendent is pushing for mandatory
kindergarten in the state.
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 doesnít
7,000 children in Indiana arenít enrolled in kindergarten. She says they may
face many disadvantages when they start formal schooling.
wouldíve required parents to send their children to kindergarten has been
introduced in recent years but hasnít advanced in the Republican-dominated
Commission of the States says Indiana is among 16 states that donít require
school attendance until age 7. Fifteen states require children to attend
kindergarten at age 5 or before enrolling in first grade.