Governor Doyle Signs Mandatory Kindergarten Bill into Law

Last week, Governor Doyle signed AB119-a bill that changes current mandates regarding enrollment in, and completion of, 5-year-old Kindergarten- into law. “This legislation will help ensure that all kids in Wisconsin will get off to the right start in school,” said Governor Doyle in a released statement. Beginning in 2011-2012, completion of 5-year-old Kindergarten will be a prerequisite for entering first grade in any Wisconsin public or charter school. School districts will be allowed to make their own rules for parents and guardians to receive an exemption from this mandate. Along with enrollment and completion requirements, the bill also calls for regular attendance by 5-year-old Kindergarten students throughout the school year.