Missouri lawmaker wants to lower mandatory school age

A new Missouri lawmaker with ties to Springfield wants to drop the state’s mandatory school age by two years.

State. Rep. Ian Mackey, a Democrat who lives in St. Louis County, filed House Bill 583 to require parents to enroll children by age 5. Currently, the rule is age 7.

“You cannot start school at 7 years old. You can’t make that time up,” said Mackey, who was recently sworn in to serve his first term. “If you are behind, you are not going to catch up.”


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