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Bill to make kindergarten mandatory in La. easily passes in Senate

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 5:07 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A bill to make it mandatory for all five-year-olds in Louisiana to attend kindergarten had little trouble gaining approval by the full Senate on Wednesday, May 12.

SB 10 by Sen. Cleo Fields (D-Louisiana) passed 34-1. The bill will next go to the House floor for discussion.

According to Fields, roughly 3,000 kids are at home missing out on critical early childhood education.

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Supporters point to the benefits of starting education as early as possible in a student’s development.

The opposition says parents should have the right to decide whether or not to send their child to kindergarten.

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