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Kindergarten compulsory for 5-year-olds in New York City

By ONE Liners Agency
June 24, 2012

UNITED STATES, New York City - Kindergarten has become mandatory in New York City for all 5-year-olds after state lawmakers in Albany voted for this lowering by one year the required age for schooling.

Though the approval of the government is awaited, but the proponents of this step praised the move.

There are in thousands five-year-olds who belong to poor families who are turned away often by the school authority due to lack of space.

A senior policy analyst at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform Norm Fruchter said, "I think it is a real gain... There is a ton of research about what early-childhood programs do for children, and I think there is a whole bunch of parents of children who, for a variety of reasons, don’t register them when they should and then they lose out for a whole year."

Fruchter also added that kids missing the kindergarten education may never recover.

The bill of this reform has gone to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and he has ten working days to sign on it or veto.

Mr Cuomo's spokesman said they are reviewing the legislation.


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