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House Bill 2897: An Act to Raise the Compulsory Attendance Age
This bill would have raised the compulsory attendance age from the current age of 16 until age 18, or until graduation. The bill died in committee.
|03/07/2005||(House): Introduced In House|
|03/07/2005||(House): To House Education|
|03/31/2005||Bill did not pass out of house of origin by crossover date: bill defeated.|
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- The statistics in the second paragraph come from the February, 2005, publication of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Civic Innovation, "Public High School Graduation and College-Readiness Rates: 1991-2002," by Dr. Jay P. Greene.
- Rhode Island students who are enrolled in school must attend until age 18 unless parents give written consent to leave at age 16.
- States which compel attendance only to age 16 have better high school completion rates than states that compel attendance to 17 or 18, on average. (Source: "Dropout Rates in the United States: 2000", pp. 9-10, 40-41; National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Office of educational Research and Improvement, Doc. No. NCES 2002-114.)
- States which compel attendance only to age 16 also have lower dropout rates than states that compel attendance to 17 or 18, on average. (Source: same as above.)
- According to statistics published by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention, a higher compulsory attendance age is not correlated to a reduction in juvenile crime.
(Source: "Juvenile Arrests 1999." Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2000.)
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