HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut House of Representatives have passed legislation that postpones plans to raise the starting age for Connecticut kindergarten students.

The bill, which passed the House unanimously Tuesday, creates a task force to come up with ways to reduce the state’s academic achievement gap between rich and poor districts. That same group will study how to narrow the kindergarten age range. An initial report is due next year.

Lawmakers originally planned to change the entrance age requirement from age 5 by January 1 to Oct. 1 of the school year, starting 2015. But proponents of the bill said they held off because there aren’t enough preschool spots for the children turned away from kindergarten.

Critics say the kindergarten age range is problematic. They say four-year-olds currently learn with six-year-olds.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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