Legislative Bill 178: Lowers Compulsory Attendance Age to 3

District of Columbia
District of Columbia

Last Updated: December 16, 2013
Legislative Bill 178: Lowers Compulsory Attendance Age to 3
Councilmember Barry

Legislative Bill 178 would lower the compulsory school attendance age from 5 years old to 3 years old. This would require parents to place children who are age 3 by September 30 into a school program.

HSLDA's Position:
Action Requested:

Please contact the Education Committee and give them the following message in your own words:

“I am contacting you to oppose LB 178 to lower the compulsory school attendance age. Lowering the compulsory attendance age does not help students, but rather takes away the rights of parents to act based on the educational needs of their children and places an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers. Please vote against LB 178.”

If you are interested in testifying to the Committee you can provide a written statement that will be included in the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 119 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004 by 5:00 p.m. by Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

You can contact also contact the individual members of the Education Committee with the following contact information:
David Catania (Committee Chair)
Tel: (202) 724-7772

David Grosso
Tel: (202) 724-8105

Tommy Wells
Tel: (202) 724-8072

Yvette Alexander
Tel: (202) 724-8068

Marion Barry
Tel: (202) 724-8045

3/5/2013 (DC Council) Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
12/11/2013 (DC Council) Education Committee Hearing on LB 178

 Other Resources

Bill Text

Bill History

HSLDA's Testimony on LB 178