House Bill 3674: Allowing City of Lawrence to Raise Compulsory School Age

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House Bill 3674: Allowing City of Lawrence to Raise Compulsory School Age
Sponsors:
Representatives Devers, Finegold, Torrisi, and Lantigua
Summary:

If passed, this bill would allow the City of Lawrence to establish its own age of compulsory school attendance at 18. This would require children in the City of Lawrence 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:

08/15/2011     (House)     Referred to the House Education Committee
08/18/2011     (Senate)     Sentate concurred
09/01/2011     (House)     Referred to the Joint Education Committee

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