S.C. Parents Lobby
A group of South Carolina parents opposed to a bill that would require kindergarten attendance for all 5-year-olds is now lobbying the state Senate after achieving success in the legislature's lower chamber.
Responding to pressure from the group, Parents Against Required Kindergarten, the state House of Representatives recently approved a revised bill that would give parents the option of deciding whether their 5-year-olds should participate in public kindergartens.
Members of the parents' group are concerned about the amount of support in the Senate for the waiver provision passed in the House version.
The mandatory kindergarten program is part of Gov. Richard Riley's education-reform plan. State education officials estimate, based on expressions of interest from parents, at least 1,700 children would enroll immediately if the program were enacted.