Alabama School Age Lowered From 7 to 6

By: demetria mcclenton Email
By: demetria mcclenton Email

New measures approved during Alabama's legislative session could affect school systems across the state.

News 4's Demetria McClenton reports on a new law to lower the school age.

Cindy Blount's kindergarten class is full of eager and enthusiastic learners.

Blount's a veteran teacher who can easily pick out future superstars.

“Their parents have been working with them at home and it makes a huge difference,” said Blount.

By preparing kids early, by the time they get to Blount's class they know their numbers, letters, and sounds.

“They already have a lot of knowledge and that helps them learn faster. We can also see a big boost in knowledge with technology,” said Blount.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley recently signed a new bill to lower school starting age from 7 to 6.

The reason?

Supporters say children who start at 7 are often too far behind their classmates.

They also teach math skills like adding and subtracting and even pared down high-school courses like geometry.

“We're writing paragraphs in kindergarten. It's amazing,” said Blount.

Alabama is required to offer kindergarten but it's not state-mandated.

That's another thing Blount would like to see changed in her tenure.

“All Students should be required to go to Kindergarten. We're teaching first and second grade skills here,” said Blount.

Should a parent choose not to enroll their 6 year-old, they must provide a written request to local school officials.


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