North Dakota
North Dakota

July 10, 2009

Senate Bill 2202: An Act to Lower the Compulsory Attendance Age

Senators Bakke, Freborg, Taylor
Representatives R. Kelsch, L. Meier, Wolf

This bill would lower the compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6 and make kindergarten mandatory. This means that homeschooling parents would be required to begin complying with the law for home education programs a year earlier than they now do. HSLDA opposes any such expansion of state control over education.


1/13/2009 (Senate) Introduced, first reading, referred Education
1/20/2009 (Senate) Committee Hearing 9:00
1/22/2009 (Senate) Reported back amended, do pass
1/28/2009 (Senate) Committee Hearing 2:00
2/17/2009 (Senate) Reported back amended, “do pass”, amendment Yes 10, No 3
2/18/2009 (Senate) Amendment adopted, placed on calendar, second reading, passed, Yes 26, No 20, motion to reconsider laid on table
2/19/2009 (House) Received from Senate
2/26/2009 (House) Introduced, first reading, referred Education
3/10/2009 (House) Committee hearing at 9:45
3/18/2009 (House) Reported back amended, do pass, amendment yes 9, no 5
3/19/2009 (House) Amendment adopted, placed on calendar
3/23/2009 (House) Second reading, failed to pass, yes 43, no 41

HSLDA’s Position:
This bill should be opposed.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

 Other Resources

E-lert—2/11/2009—North Dakota: Calls Needed: Legislation Would Lower Compulsory Attendance Age from Seven to Six

E-lert—2/24/2009—North Dakota: Calls Needed: Bad Bill Passes Senate!

Bill Text   (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Bill History