Rhode Island considers compulsory kindergarten attendance

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Rhode Island could impose compulsory attendance for all kindergarteners under a bill scheduled for an upcoming state Senate vote.

The legislation would require any child enrolled in public kindergarten to attend school for all the days and hours it’s in session.

Sen. Roger Picard introduced the bill. The Woonsocket Democrat is a school counselor and former truant officer.

The Senate Education Committee has recommended the bill’s passage. It’s scheduled for a Tuesday vote in the Senate.

Rhode Island already has compulsory school attendance for children ages 6 through 18.

Parents can be fined up to $50 for each day or part of the day the child isn’t in school. Fines of up to six months in prison can be imposed if a child misses more than 30 days of school.

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