Alabama Mandatory Kindergarten Bill Fails In Senate

Brent Wilson | June 1, 2019
Beulah Elementary in Beulah, Alabama

A bill to require children to complete kindergarten before heading to first grade has failed in the Senate with a 13-18 vote. All no votes were from Republican Senators with Democrats all voting yes.

HB 423, sponsored by Pebblin Warren (D-Tuskegee), would have made kindergarten mandatory and would also change the date for determining the age of a child entitled to admission to public school kindergarten from September 1 to December 31.

Senate Final Vote for HB 423

Failed

The Senate vote was in sharp contrast to the overwhelming support that the House gave HB 423.

House Final Vote for HB 423

Passed

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