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Doyle signs bill today that requires kindergarten daily attendance

Gov. Jim Doyle will sign a bill today that requires Wisconsin kids to attend kindergarten daily, and not just when their parents feel like sending them.

State officials said only 117 of last year's first-graders had not been enrolled in kindergarten.

But because it's not mandatory, the bill's supporters say many parents treat kindergarten like day care centers, sending the kids only when they want to. Teachers say it's disruptive to their classes, and the new law will require mandatory attendance, just like in the other grades.

It won't take effect until the fall of 2011.

And kindergarteners who are home-schooled can get exemptions, along with those in charter schools.