Mandatory Kindergarten...anyone have that?

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  1. Mommateach

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    Hi
    I am just wondering in certain states what mandatory kindergarten means. Does it mean that children have to be in some sort of educational setting when they turn 5? Does it simply mean that the children have to attend kindergarten before they go on to first grade?
     
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    We have mandatory K. Students don't have to attend when they turn 5 but they do have to attend before they start 1st grade. We also have a PreK. Students may not attend PreK if they are old enough for our K.
     
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    In NY, kids begin publicly funded, mandatory kindergarten at age 5.
     
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    In Tennessee, students have to attend kindergarten before they enter first grade. :)
     
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    Most states have mandatory state-funded kindergarten in which children must attend. It is the beginning of the school experience if there is not a state-funded preschool
     
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    It's actually not mandatory here :eek:. We actually had a 1st Grader start last year as their first year in school. Not only way behind academically but the teacher "lost" her at one point in the day, found her in the cafeteria--she was hungry and decided to go eat lunch! So behind in routine school stuff as well.

    It also makes it almost impossible for us to retain in K (parents have to sign off on it) since they can walk in off the street and start 1st we can't justify forcing them to repeat Kinder.
     
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    I beleive in Wisconsin that students are not mandated to be in school until age 6. It was age 7 not long ago.
     
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    Our Kindergarten is mandatory to continue on to first grade- and they use the phrase, "successfully completed Kindergarten". The child must be 5 on or before September 1st. School began August 25th.
     
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    Not mandatory in Indiana--but probably will be soon!
     
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    Kinder is mandatory here. But the jump from K to 1 seems huge.
     
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    same way in Louisiana
     
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    Not mandatory here in Michigan. I wish it were! And I wish you had to be 5 to start. In Michigan you have to be 5 before December 1st so we have kindergartners starting at 4 years old. If their birthday is November 30th they can start kindergarten but if they have a birthday a day later, December 1st, then they can't start till the following year. Makes no sense at all to me.
     
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    Colorado...not mandatory.
     
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    Also not mandatory in Pennsylvania either....
     
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    It's mandatory in NM (born on or before August 31st). Full day kinder, at least in Albuquerque. Not mandatory in CA (born on or before December 2nd-YIKES!)
     

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