There is a push in our state to make attending kindergarten mandatory.

This blew my mind when I first saw this article. As a child, I went to pre-k and kindergarten, and so did both of my kids. I was just under the assumption they were already mandatory just like elementary, middle, and high school.

Apparently, Louisiana lawmakers have attempted this battle before and failed. Their reasoning is that making kindergarten mandatory would join the current state efforts of early education projects and help Louisiana get out of the bottom of most public school achievement scores.

A report last year said 43% of kindergarten students were reading on grade level, 54% of first graders, 56% of second graders, and 53% of third graders.

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