Brief Background on K-12 Education

Almost everyone knows about the current educational system that regulates public schools. This system is already popularly known as K-12 education. There are thirteen grades that make up the K-12 system starting in kindergarten through grade twelve, hence the name K (kindergarten) to 12 (grade 12). This type of educational system is not only applied in the United States. Even those who live in the UK, Canada and other parts of Europe use the K-12 at the same time.

A parent can choose whether they want their children to earn K-12 from a private or public institution. There are some parents who enroll their parents from the age of 4 or 5, which is still their choice. But by the time the child turns six, the local state will require parents to enroll the child in a school that offers K-12 education, whether they like it or not. However, the compulsory school age in some states is seven or eight years. This compulsory schooling began thanks to the law that was created in 1918.

Unfortunately, this requirement only covers primary school children. That is why there are some parents, especially those who are financially incapable, who prefer not to let their child continue to higher levels, including high school. There are also some students who think they have already learned the basics of reading and writing.

The K-12 system of the past is not what it is now. It has already gone through many changes since the US Department of Education was established in 1979. The US Department of Education has been doing this to meet the changing demands on education. But regardless of the changes, one thing remains the same. K-12 education still needs financial help, especially schools that are located in urban districts.

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