CHICAGO, Ill. -- Illinois children are now required to start school earlier.
Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn signed a law lowering the age from seven to six.
The new age requirement begins with the 2014-2015 school year.
The law states any student turning 6-years-old on or before September 1 must be enrolled to attend school for that school year.
Illinois joins 26 other states with the same age requirement.
Governor Quinn says the new law ensures students get an early start on their academic success.
He also says it will help to combat truancy.