Mandatory School Age Change

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama school officials do not anticipate a large influx of previously uneducated children into elementary schools this fall because of the Legislature lowering the mandatory school attendance age from 7 to 6-years-old.

The House sponsor of a bill establishing the new mandatory school attendance age, Republican Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa, says he believes there are children whose parents wait until they are 7 to send them to class. He says many of those children enter school behind the rest of the class and some have to be sent back a grade.

Alabama Board of Education spokeswoman Malissa Valdes-Hubert says schools will deal with new pupils by testing them and deciding what grade to place them in. School officials only expect about 50 new students statewide because of the law.


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  • by Easy4U2say on May 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    Anonymous, I am wide awake, please explain to me how this law holds any "group" back. If parents don't send their kids to school seems to me the parents are holding them back. Take responsibility for yourself and stop looking for an excuse, good grief.
    I do have to wonder though, how much taxpayer money was spent getting a law passed that will affect 50 students statewide.
  • by Question on May 27, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    I'm curious about how that keeps a certain group of people held back? On a different note, James Dobson (FOTF) has always advocated holding boys (who have a late birthday) back a year to give them extra time to mature and be ready. I recall him encouraging parents to, if possible, put them in a 1/2 day K program first, then the full day K program, then 1st grade. Since boys tend to mature more slowly, it makes sense to provide that extra bit of time. I hope AL will do what is in the best interest of ALL students. Sadly, many states do not.
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    another way to keep a certain group of people 'held back'......wake up people '
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