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Board seeks higher entry age for students

July 08, 1997

A resolution recommending the minimum entry age of students be raised in Maryland was passed Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

The resolution would change from Dec. 31 to Sept. 1 the date by which a child must be 5 years old to enter school. The measure now goes to the Maryland Association of Boards of Education.

The resolution asks that MABE urge the Maryland State Board of Education to adopt the change. Any change in the entry age would require General Assembly approval.

"It's in the best interest of the child that they be as mature as possible when they enter school," Board President B. Marie Byers said.

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The resolution cited research showing that the maturity of a student in the early grades can have a great impact on his or her success in learning.

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