LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Senate has sent a bill to the governor's office that could raise the age requirements for children entering kindergarten in the coming years. The Senate voted 30-to-5 yesterday to give final passage to the bill by Senator Gene Jeffress, a Democrat from Louann.
The bill increases the minimum age for a child entering kindergarten, beginning in the 2009-2010 school year. Then, a child must be five years old by September 1. By the 2011-2012 school year, children would need to be five years old by August 1.
The senators who voted against the bill are Denny Altes of Fort Smith, Jim Argue of Little Rock, Shane Broadway of Bryant, Paul Bookout of Jonesboro and Bill Pritchard of Elkins.