Fewer four year olds would be allowed to start kindergarten under a bill moving past first round in the Nebraska Legislature. Senator Tom Carlson of Holdredge says we are moving kids forward too quickly.
“We’re starting youngsters too young to do too many things, too organized to do too many things, and I think the result of that is that our kids have fewer opportunities to develop leadership.”
Under the bill, must have turned five by July 31st. Currently, a four year old can enter kindergarten as long as they will be five by October 31st. However, if a parent really feels their four year old is ready to start school, some can be tested before being allowed to enter. Senator Gwen Howard of Omaha says it’s all about readiness.