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Senate Bill 913: An Act Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age
Senators McFadden, Hollinger, Gladden, Hafer, Hooper, Jones, and Schrader.
Senate Bill 913 would have raised the compulsory attendance to age 18 from the current age of 16. The bill would have created an exception if the student has a high school certificate or diploma. It was given an unfavorable report by the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee, resulting in the defeat of the bill.
|02/22/2005||(Senate): Introduced, First Reading in the Senate Rules Committee.|
|02/24/2005||(Senate): Re-Referred to the Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.|
|03/22/2005||(Senate): Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee Hearing at 1:00 PM. Location: 2 West Hearing Room, Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401-1991.|
|03/25/2005||(Senate): Unfavorable Report by Education Health and Environmental Affairs.|
No more action is necessary.
- The statistics in the third paragraph come from the February, 2005, publication of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Civic Innovation, "Public High School Graduation and College-Readiness Rates: 1991-2002," by Dr. Jay P. Greene.
- States which compel attendance only to age 16 have higher high school completion rates than states that compel attendance to 17 or 18, on average. (Source: "Dropout Rates in the United States: 2000", pp. 9-10, 40-41; National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Office of educational Research and Improvement, Doc. No. NCES 2002-114.)
- States which compel attendance only to age 16 also have lower dropout rates than states that compel attendance to 17 or 18, on average. (Source: same as above.)
- According to statistics published by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention, a higher compulsory attendance age is not correlated to a reduction in juvenile crime. (Source: "Juvenile Arrests 1999." Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2000.)
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