5/31/2011

Officials in Connecticut are considering requiring students to turn 5 by Oct. 1 -- not Jan. 1 as is the policy now -- to enroll in kindergarten amid concerns that 4-year-olds may not be developmentally prepared for school. The issue has raised concerns over equity, achievement gaps and access to education. Many wealthier parents have sought to prevent early enrollment in kindergarten to give students a leg up over their peers, but others worry about the effects of delayed enrollment on poor and minority children.

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