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June 27, 2006

House Bill 1202: Raising Compulsory Attendance

Sponsor:
Representative Cabral.

Summary:
This bill would raise Massachusetts' compulsory attendance requirements from 16 to 17 or 10th grade.

Status:

12/15/2004 (H) Filed
03/14/2005 (H) Referred to Joint Committee on Education
03/08/2006 (H) Accompanied a new draft, House Bill 4738

Action Requested:
This bill has been placed into House Bill 4738, which is a study bill for various things effecting attendance at public schools including increasing the compulsory attendance age, developing a strategy to prevent students dropping out of school, and truancy enforcement. House Bill 1202 is effectively dead for the session.


HSLDA's Position:
Oppose. This bill would require homeschoolers to fulfill the approval requirements of Massachusetts law for an additional year.

 Other Resources

Jan.-24-2006—Mass.—Calls Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Age Expansion

Mar.-7-2006—Mass.—Calls Still Needed to Stop Compulsory Attendance Bill

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