Kindergarten Preparedness Bill Introduced

March 5, 2003
Posted at: 9:05 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Preparing children better for kindergarten is the aim of a bill that's heading to the House floor.

Under the bill by Representative Linda Pondexter Chesterfield of Little Rock, the state Department of Education would be required to prepare by a list of skills that children should have when they enter kindergarten.

The House Education Committee approved the bill on a voice vote yesterday. The list would be made available to parents, posted on the state Education Department's Web site and distributed to all day-care centers.

Chesterfield is the former head of a teacher's union. She says the bill is not a precursor to legislation calling for making preschool available to all children. However, Chesterfield and other cites a number of studies in embracing that idea.

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