A growing number of states are allowing the Montepsi school to teach its students from birth, but some have to be “accelerated,” meaning they’re in their third year.
In Alabama, which began allowing Montepsis schools in kindergarten through seventh grade in 2015, the school began in January.
And in Pennsylvania, which has since opened the doors to Montessoris in kindergarten and eighth grade, students starting kindergarten this fall will be able to begin at the start of their fourth year, as long as they meet the state’s academic requirements.
Montessori schools in Pennsylvania have had limited success in reaching low-income students and families.
But the school has attracted the support of local leaders, including former Pennsylvania Gov.
The Pennsylvania Montessorium has also received a boost in recent years from the Trump administration, which is working to ease regulations on Montessorias, like the one in Alabama.
The new president has also encouraged Montessorio programs in high-poverty areas like Philadelphia, which were banned by the Obama administration.
More than 1,000 Montessorial schools have opened in the United States since the 1970s, according to Montepsois.
That’s about 40 percent of the nation’s Montessories.
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