Illinois is set to lower the required age when students have to attend school under a new law Gov. Pat Quinn signed Sunday.
law lowers the compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6 starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The move makes Illinois the 26th state to have a required school attendance age of 6. Starting in 2014, any student who turns 6 years old on or before September 1 must be enrolled to attend school for that academic year.
the school attendance age works to ensure that all children have the
opportunity to build a solid foundation for academic achievement, Quinn said in a statement. The new law also helps to combat truancy, the governor added.
Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Westchester) and State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) sponsored the measure.
law will help children to develop the social and academic skills that
will give them a better chance at success in the future,” Ford said in a statement. “It will also help to give children from disadvantaged
backgrounds an equal opportunity to excel in the classroom. The early
developmental stages are critical in a person’s life, and Illinois
cannot afford to put early education on the back burner.”
The new law will go into effect July 1, 2014.