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January 30, 2008

House Bill 576: Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age

Sponsor:
Representatives Marie P. St. Fleur (D) and others (see bill text for list of additional sponsors).

Summary:
House Bill 576 would raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.

Status:

1/10/2007 (House) Filed
1/10/2007 (House) Referred to Joint Committee on Education
1/10/2007 (Senate) Senate concurred in committee referral
4/5/2007 Hearing Scheduled for May 8, 1:30 p.m., Gardner Auditorium
1/16/2008 (Senate) New Draft Substituted, See Senate Bill 2462

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

This is another attempt to impose increasing government control over children and to further restrict parents’ rights to direct the education and upbringing of their children. This right has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as a fundamental constitutional right.

This bill, if passed, would subject all students to compulsory attendance laws for two more years. Many homeschool families graduate their children from homeschool programs to enroll them in college or apprenticeship programs. Today, parents have the authority to determine whether their children continue in formal secondary education after the age of 16—this right must be preserved.

In addition, raising the compulsory attendance age is a strategy used by professional teacher unions to guarantee more funding for public schools and higher levels of teacher employment.

Action Requested:
None.

 Other Resources

Bill Text    (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Bill Text