House Bill 3846: Raising the Age of Compulsory School Attendance in Boston

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House Bill 3846: Raising the Age of Compulsory School Attendance in Boston
Sponsors:
Representatives Carlos Henriquez and Edward Coppinger
Summary:

If passed, this bill would increase the maximum age of compulsory school attendance in the City of Boston from 16 to 18. This would require children in the City of Boston under the age of 18 (instead of 16) to attend school unless they have graduated.

HSLDA's Position:

Oppose.

This bill would impose increased government control over children and further restrict parents’ rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children. These are rights that have been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court as fundamental constitutional rights.

This bill would subject students (including homeschool students) to compulsory attendance laws for two more years. Many homeschool families graduate their children from homeschool programs to enroll them in college or apprenticeship programs. Today, parents have the authority to determine whether their children continue in formal secondary education after they reach the age of 16—this right must be preserved.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

12/15/2011     (House)     Referred to the Joint Committee on Education (Senate Concurred)
04/10/2012     Public Hearing from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in B-1

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