Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on May 3, 2012, to require children to be age 5 by Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten, rather than by Dec. 1 under current law. This earlier age cut-off would be phased in one month at a time over three years, starting in 2013. A child who would have been eligible under the current requirements could still attend if the parents "opt in" by notifying the school by June 1. The phase-in was negotiated because school districts get money from the state for each kindergartner, whose numbers would be reduced during the transition period.
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The vote was 38 in favor, 0 against, and 0 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call)
Require kindergartners be 5 on Sept. 1
|Anderson (D)||Bieda (D)||Gleason (D)||Gregory (D)||Hood (D)|
|Hopgood (D)||Hunter (D)||Johnson (D)||Smith (D)||Warren (D)|
|Whitmer (D)||Young (D)|
|Booher (R)||Brandenburg (R)||Casperson (R)||Caswell (R)||Colbeck (R)|
|Emmons (R)||Green (R)||Hansen (R)||Hildenbrand (R)||Hune (R)|
|Jansen (R)||Jones (R)||Kahn (R)||Kowall (R)||Marleau (R)|
|Meekhof (R)||Moolenaar (R)||Nofs (R)||Pappageorge (R)||Pavlov (R)|
|Proos (R)||Richardville (R)||Robertson (R)||Rocca (R)||Schuitmaker (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|Y Anderson (D)||Y Bieda (D)||Y Booher (R)||Y Brandenburg (R)||Y Casperson (R)|
|Y Caswell (R)||Y Colbeck (R)||Y Emmons (R)||Y Gleason (D)||Y Green (R)|
|Y Gregory (D)||Y Hansen (R)||Y Hildenbrand (R)||Y Hood (D)||Y Hopgood (D)|
|Y Hune (R)||Y Hunter (D)||Y Jansen (R)||Y Johnson (D)||Y Jones (R)|
|Y Kahn (R)||Y Kowall (R)||Y Marleau (R)||Y Meekhof (R)||Y Moolenaar (R)|
|Y Nofs (R)||Y Pappageorge (R)||Y Pavlov (R)||Y Proos (R)||Y Richardville (R)|
|Y Robertson (R)||Y Rocca (R)||Y Schuitmaker (R)||Y Smith (D)||Y Walker (R)|
|Y Warren (D)||Y Whitmer (D)||Y Young (D)|
Senate Roll Call on 2011 Senate Bill 315
Is the legislature planning on passing this before the end of the year?
It doesn't matter how inconvenient parents may find this bill to be. It is a good bill for kids, and that is the important thing. By phasing it in over a three year period everyone is given a chance to adjust, including schools, who may have to add pre-kindergarten classes for children who have completed their pre-school options. Parents need to look ahead in their children's lives to middle school and high school. I taught middle school for 28 years, and the "older" students in their grade were much more equipped to handle not only the academics, but peer pressure, classroom behavior, and athletic readiness. When youth get to high school, it is disconcerting to think that a 15 year old may be riding around in the car of a 16 year old who happens to be in the same grade. Maturity counts for a lot at every level, and having the starting age for kindergarten change is a forward step toward helping provide that.