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July 10, 2006

House Bill 1277: An Act Relating to Compulsory School Attendance

Sponsor:
Representatives Brian Baker and Barney Fisher

Summary:
Parents can choose to make their child subject to the compulsory attendance statute until age 18. This will set a precedent and lay the groundwork for the mandatory rise of the compulsory attendance statute from the current age of 16. The bill also includes a desirable religious exemption option for parents, but we oppose the entire bill because it would be very easy to remove the religious exemption by amendment while still keeping the increased compulsory attendance provision.

The legislature closed and this bill did not pass.

Status:

01/09/2006(House): Introduced and Read First Time
01/10/2006(House): Read Second Time
02/02/2006(House): Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education Committee

Action Requested:
No action is necessary at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

 Other Resources

Feb.-23-2006—Missouri—Pause Calls on Virtual School Bills

Bill Text

Bill History