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June 27, 2006

House Bill 4738: Study Bill on School Attendance Requirements

Sponsor:
House Education Committee

Summary:
This bill would create a study committee on public school attendance.

Status:

3/08/2006 Joint) Reported from the committee on Education
3/08/2006 (Joint) New draft of S2097, H1025, H1044, H1045, H1072, H1169, H1183 and H1202
3/08/2006 (Joint) Bill reported favorably by committee and referred to the committee on Joint Rules -HJ 1255
6/08/2006 (Joint) Committee recommended ought to pass and referred to the committee on House Ways and Means -HJ 1734

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Background
House Bill 4738 would create a study committee, including a minimum of four public hearings, for various things effecting attendance at public schools. It would study increasing the compulsory attendance age, alternative education programs, developing a strategy to prevent students dropping out of school, and truancy enforcement.

HSLDA’s Position:
Oppose. This bill is the first step towards raising the compulsory attendance age, which would require homeschoolers to fulfill the approval requirements of Massachusetts law for an additional year.

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