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Donald Schrems takes a hearing test Thursday during an early-childhood screening session in Bemidji. Deb Strowbridge conducted the test, which is part of the screening required for entrance into Minnesota public schools. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

K-1 program offers children chance to grow; Some parents struggle with decision to hold back children

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BEMIDJI – Each child has his or her own clock, says Jim Hess, superintendent of the Bemidji School District. For some, the clock ticks by quickly; for others, it ticks a little slower.

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The decision on whether to enter a child into kindergarten at age 5 or 6 is ultimately left to parents.

“When the child is ready to learn, we’re ready to teach,” Hess said.

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