New education laws prohibit passing school buses, raise minimum age for kindergartners
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law today that prohibits motorists from passing school buses that are loading and unloading students, no matter what.
The law voids a previous law that allowed drivers to come to a full stop behind a bus, and then proceed past the bus at 10 miles per hour “with due caution,” according to an MLive.com article.
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“The safety of our students always comes first and this will eliminate any confusion as to when it is and is not OK to pass a parked school bus,” Snyder said in a news release.
A person passing a stopped school bus could be charged with a civil infraction, MLive.com reported, and could pay between $100 and $500 in fines. A violator also could be ordered to perform up to 100 hours of community service at a school, according to the article.
Read the full MLive.com report here.
Last week, Snyder signed a bill increasing the minimum age requirement for a child to attend kindergarten. Starting in the 2015-16 academic year, children must be 5 years old at the start of the school year (by Sept. 1) instead of the previous cut-off date of Dec. 1.
The requirement will be phased in over the next three years, making the cutoff date Nov. 1 in 2013-14 and Oct. 1 in 2014-15.
Read the details of the school bus/student safety law here.
Read about the new kindergarten law here.