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May 12, 2004

Senate Bill 968: An Act to establish certain provisions relating to school personnel

Sponsor:
Senator Charlie Shields (Republican - District 34).

Summary:
Senate Bill 968 has nothing to do with compulsory attendance, but the House of Representatives sent it to the Senate Conference Committee with an amendment. The amendment would allow a metropolitan school district board to vote to add an additional full year of government mandated attendance, requiring young adults to attend school until age 17. Currently they are only required to attend to age 16.

Status:

12/12/2003Bill prefiled in the Senate.
03/10/2004Passed Senate.
03/10/2004Read in House.
04/22/2004House Education Committee voted do pass with Committee Substitute.
05/11/2004Placed on House Calendar for Third Reading.
05/11/2004Passed House.
05/12/2004In Senate Conference Committee.

Action Requested:
Call your own senator and courteously express your opposition. This amendment affects all parents, so it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Your message can be as simple as:

"I urge you to vote against amending SB 968, or any other bill, to allow a municipal school district to raise the age of compulsory attendance. It will waste taxpayers' money. Statistics show that forcing older teenagers to attend school does not improve graduation rates."

Go to our legislative toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find out who your senator is and to find your senator's phone number.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose!

 Other Resources

May-13-2004 — SB 968--Stop Calls for Now

May-12-2004 — Urgent: Calls Needed to Defeat Compulsory Attendance Increase

Bill Text

Bill History