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Lawmakers vote to make school kids to go kindergarten

The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin school kids to go to kindergarten.

The bill was sent to the Senate yesterday on a vote of 53-44.

Kindergarten is optional now. But last year, only about 120 first-graders throughout the state had not gone to kindergarten the year before.

The bill's supporters say it will ensure that kids attend class every day.

Sondy Pope-Roberts, D-Verona, said some parents have used kindergartens as occasional day-care centers, and send their kids only when they feel like it.

She said it causes disruptions for both teachers and their youngsters.

Republicans said parents should decide whether to send their kids to kindergarten, and not the government.