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Earlier School Start Age, Other New Laws Now in Effect

Earlier School Start Age, Other New Laws Now in Effect

Illinois children are required to attend school at a younger age and young adults seeking driver’s licenses must complete training under several new laws effective this week.

Children must enter kindergarten by the time they are 6 years old under one new law. The previous requirement was 7 years old. State officials say that might mean higher costs for some schools.

Another new law requires students to learn CPR and how to operate machines used for emergency heart problems.

Additionally, those aged 18 to 21 will now have to pass a six-hour driver’s education course before receiving a license. The previous law allowed adults to receive licenses without training.

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