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Currently, the starting age for compulsory school attendance in Illinois is 7. This bill would originally have lowered that age to 6, but has been amended. As amended, this bill would require children who turn 7 during a school year to attend school that entire year. Since this still expands compulsory attendance requirements for many children, HSLDA is still opposed to this bill.
02/21/2013 (House) Introduced, Referred to Rules Committee
03/04/2013 (House) Assigned to Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
03/13/2013 (House) Passed by Elementary and Secondary Education committee
04/17/2013 (House) Passed by House; referred to Senate
05/15/2013 (Senate) Referred to Senate Assignments Committee
This bill failed to pass before the legislature ended, and is now dead.
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March 12, 2013 E-lert: Calls Needed Today to Oppose Lowering Compulsory School Attendance Age from 7 to 6