"Now your child goes to school sooner": six-year old children in the nine-year-long basic education in Minas Gerais

Approved in February 6th, 2006, Law 11274/2006 extends the Brazilian basic education to nine years, by also enrolling six-year-old children. However, some municipalities and states did so even before this federal act was approved. This is the case of the state of Minas Gerais. This paper shows how this policy has been implemented there. It analyzes this law implementation process trying to identify the conditions for its approval and the consequences on basic and early childhood education. Since the effects of an educational policy in connection to other public policies have to be discussed, this text tries not only to ratify its apparently positive effects but also to look carefully at the critics against it.

Nine-year-long basic education in Minas Gerais; Six-year old children in basic schools; Basic school new organization

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