Maine education groups testify in favor of statewide pre-K

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Education groups testified in favor of a bill Friday that would make Maine one of a handful of states offering universal pre-kindergarten, a program that President Obama has advocatedĀ  nationwide.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall, D-Richmond, would create a legal framework to establish voluntary pre-kindergarten in all school districts in Maine by 2017.

The measure would set up a committee to work with the Department of Education to implement the program. In addition, the bill would lower the compulsory age for school attendance from 7 to 5 years of age, beginning in July of 2016.

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