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August 13, 2004

Assembly Bill 1892-A: The Compulsory Attendance Age May be Raised

Author:
Assemblymen Sanders, Galef, and Lavelle

Summary:
Unfortunately, even though many of you called the Governor to urge him to veto Assembly Bill 1892-A, he signed it into law July 20, 2004

Under this new law, every school district in New York can raise the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 17. However, each district would have to raise the compulsory attendance age individually through the local board of education.

This bill does not go into effect until July 1, 2005. Therefore, a child who turns 17 this year is not automatically of compulsory attendance age because of AB 1892-A. If your local school district raises the compulsory attendance age, it will not become effective until next school year, 2005-2006.

Background:
This bill was re-introduced on January 7, 2004 and committed to the Assembly Rules Committee. On January 26, 2004, the Rules Committee sent it to the entire Assembly where the bill passed the Assembly the same day. The bill then moved to the Senate Education Committee, who reported the bill out of committee and to the entire Senate for the third and final reading on January 27, 2004. Home School Legal Defense Association sent an e-lert (http://www.hslda.org/elert/archive/2004/01/20040130170309.asp) on January 30, 2004, requesting people to call to oppose this bill. Many people did and we were told by several people in the Senate that the bill has been taken from the "Active Bills" list. No further action occurred on the bill until it suddenly passed the Senate on June 9, 2004. After the bill was delivered to the Governor on July 8, 2004, HSLDA sent an e-lert requesting calls to Governor Pataki's office. While all reports show that he received hundreds of phone calls, Governor Pataki signed the bill on July 20, 2004.

HSLDA's Position:
This bill was opposed.

 Other Resources

Feb-9-2004 - Update on Assembly Bill 1892-A

Jan-30-2004 - New York--Urgent! Calls Needed to Stop Bill Raising the Compulsory Attendance Age

Bill Text

Bill History