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Across state, kindergarten is becoming the new first grade


David Boucher’s kindergarten classroom was a cacophony of vowel recitations, rhyming words, vocabulary drills and sentence decoding.

It was Day 34 of school at Folwell School in Minneapolis. The little ones should be reading by June.

Memphis stumbled in her read-aloud turn when she reached the last word of the sentence, “The leaves are brown.” With some coaching from Boucher, she proudly pronounced the color.


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