Michigan bill proposes all-day kindergarten

Posted at 7:42 AM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 07:42:56-05

A new bill in the Michigan legislature would require all kindergarten students to attend full day.

Under the bill, school districts would have to offer an all-day kindergarten. Parents would then be required to make sure their students are enrolled and attending school.

The legislation also requires children who turn five-years-old on or before September 1st to start kindergarten that year.

More than two dozen states do not require students to attend kindergarten -- Michigan is one of them.

The bill is sponsored by representative Bill Sowerby of Clinton Township. He said getting an early start on education is important in making sure students make it through high school. The bill is now under consideration by committee. It was first introduced last week.