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August 28, 2007

Senate Bill 543: Mandatory Kindergarten

Sponsor:
Sen. Kwame Raoul

Summary:
S.B. 543 extends the truancy laws to those who are in kindergarten by defining “dropout” as any child enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12 whose name has been removed from the district enrollment roster and has not transferred to another school.

This bill will extend the truancy laws to those who are in kindergarten by defining “dropout” as including any child enrolled in kindergarten (ages 5 and 6) whose parents have removed him from school because they do not believe he is ready to attend. This bill will limit parental freedom to choose what is best for their children.

Status:

2/8/2007(Senate) Filed with Secretary by Sen. Kwame Raoul
2/8/2007(Senate) First Reading
2/8/2007(Senate) Referred to Rules Committee
2/21/2007(Senate) Referred to Education Committee
3/7/2007(Senate) Education Committee Hearing, do pass motion adopted
3/27/2007(Senate) Third Reading (floor vote) scheduled
3/29/2007(Senate) Passed the Senate 49-3
3/30/2007(House) Arrived in House
4/09/2007(House) Referred to Rules Committee
4/30/2007(House) Referred to House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee
5/18/2007(House) Committee Deadline Extended-Rule 9(b) May 25, 2007
5/25/2007(House) Final Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 31, 2007
5/29/2007(House) Do Pass / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education Committee; 014-007-000
5/29/2007(House) Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading—Short Debate
5/31/2007(House) Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading—Standard Debate
5/31/2007(House) Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading—Standard Debate
5/31/2007(House) Third Reading—Standard Debate—Passed 084-031-000
5/31/2007(Senate) Passed Both Houses
6/29/2007(Senate) Sent to the Governor
8/24/2007Governor Approved
8/24/2007(Senate) Public Act ... 95-0417

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA is opposed to this bill.

Action Requested:
None requested at this time.

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