The Chicago Tribune posted an article regarding a continuing effort to lower the Illinois compulsory school attendance age to 5.
Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in Illinois By Gary Marx and David Jackson
In a move aimed at countering Chicago’s crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford has introduced legislation to lower Illinois’ compulsory school age from 7 to 5.
Senator Lightford is the Vice-Chair on the Senate Education Committee. The bill [SB 1307] is currently in the Assignments Committee, not yet assigned to the Education Committee. Representative La Shawn Ford apparently plans to co-sponsor the bill in the House. His indictment and legal status might affect that future possibility. But the Illinois Senate and House both have a Democrat Party super-majority. From the Tribune: (more…)