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Mississippi legislators keep original K-5 bill

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

Children starting kindergarten in the Fall must turn five on or before September 1st.

The Governor originally signed a bill that would push that date up to August first, but after the House and Senate passed measure that would keep the law in place.

Lamar County Superintendent Ben Burnett said an earlier birthday cut off would be beneficial, he said the change in law would have been too abrupt.

"I think if a change is going to be made in the starting age requirement that it needs to be done a year or two in adv acne. We do feel and support moving it back to August 1 eventually. I think that that will make sense with an earlier school starting time, but it also gives one more month of maturity for our children to be ready for more rigorous curriculum, and I think it will make a difference," said Burnett.

This measure will now head to the Governor for approval.

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