- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story Feb. 9 about when children can start school, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a bill would change the eligibility date for children entering pre-kindergarten. The bill would change the date for kindergarten eligibility, not pre-kindergarten.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ga. House subcommittee approves date change for kindergarten enrollment

Teachers, parents and experts testify before Ga. House subcommittee on best age for kindergarten enrollment

ATLANTA - A House subcommittee on education has taken the first step toward giving parents more time to enroll their 5-year-olds in kindergarten.

The staff attorney for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Margaret Ciccarelli, said Monday that many parents and teachers have been upset by the original version of House Bill 100.

The panel changed the enrollment deadlines, giving some parents more time before their children must enroll in kindergarten. Children now must turn 5 before Aug. 1 to enroll for the 2017-2018 school year. That deadline moves up to July 1 the following year.

Child psychologist Erica F. Sitkoff of the Voices for Georgia’s Children advocacy group says parents need much more time for planning and the delay was necessary.

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