Do Kids Have to Attend Kindergarten?


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According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2012, 12 U.S states require districts to offer full-day kindergarten. Fifteen states have declared kindergarten attendance mandatory after the compulsory age set by the state.

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The states with mandatory kindergarten laws include Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia. Students of the compulsory age, usually 5 or 6, are permitted absences for illness, home schooling or temporary vacation, but if unexcused absences exceed the number allowed by the state, the state may take legal action against the parents, notes the Colorado Department of Education.

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