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Senate Bill 857 (Senate Version of H.B. 1223): Compulsory School Attendance Age Increase
Senators Pugh and McFadden
This bill would raise the compulsory school attendance age in Maryland from 16 to 17. Homeschoolers may be told that this won’t affect them because the bill contains language stating that the change does not apply to students receiving regular, thorough instruction.
However, this “exemption” is meaningless. While a 16-year-old student may be technically exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement, this exemption is lost as soon as the student stops homeschooling. This means that homeschoolers would be required to keep schooling until 17 just like any other student.
|2/6/2009||(Senate) First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs|
|2/11/2009||(Senate) Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m.|
|3/23/2009||(Senate) Unfavorable Report by Education Health and Environmental Affairs|
The legislature has adjourned without passing this bill; it is now dead.
None at this time.
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