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House Bill 377: An Act Lowering the Compulsory Attendance Age
Representatives Roebuck, Bishop, Curry, Leach, Shaner, Sturla, D. Evans, Stetler, Blackwell, Caltagirone, Cruz, Donatucci, Harper, Josephs, W. Keller, Lederer, McGeehan, Reiger, J. Taylor, Thomas, Washington, Williams, and Youngblood.
This bill would have applied to school districts of the first class. This bill would lower the compulsory attendance age from 8 to 6. The lower age would not apply to a child whose parents gave notice under the homeschool law that the child’s education was to be provided by the parent. While this would not require parents with children under 8 to comply with the homeschool law, the parents would still be bound to provide some form of education to the child. This bill represents an expansion of state control over education and imposes additional requirements on parents intending to homeschool.
|02/09/2005||Introduced and Referred to Education Committee|
|03/16/2005||House Education Committee Hearing|
|04/04/2005||Amended and Laid on the Table|
|5/9/2005||Removed from Table for second consideration and referred to Appropriations Committee|
|6/6/2005||Re-reported as committed|
|6/21/2005||Third consideration and final passage|
|6/22/2005||Referred to Senate Education Committee|
|10/17/2006||Reported as committed and first consideration|
|10/18/2006||Second consideration with amendments and re-referred to appropriations.|
|11/28/2006||This bill died with the Legislature adjourned|
This bill should be opposed.
None at this time.
Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic performance later.
Lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes the authority of parents who are in the best position to determine when their child's formal education should begin. The bill would restrict parents' freedom to decide if their children are ready for school.
Another significant impact of expanding the compulsory attendance age would be an inevitable tax increase to pay for more classroom space and teachers to accommodate the additional students compelled to attend public school.
For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2051.
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