Senate Passes Kindergarten Requirement

Apr 19, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Michigan’s young residents would be required to attend kindergarten under legislation passed by the Senate this week.

Key Points:

    • Senate Bill 285 was sponsored by Senator Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia).
    • A child must be enrolled in kindergarten at the age of five.
    • A parent or legal guardian could delay enrollment for one school year if they notify their local public school.
    • School districts and public school academies will be required to provide kindergarten.
    • The requirement would begin in the 2025 – 2026 school year.
    • The estimated cost to the state is around $40 million, which equates to a 0.4% increase to the foundation allowance.
    • The bill passed on a near-partisan vote, with one Republican member joining the Democratic caucus in voting favorably for the bill.

Next Step:

    • The bill was referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.

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