House Bill 429: Exempting 16- and 17-Year-Old Students from Compulsory School Attendance

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Last Updated: June 30, 2011
House Bill 429: Exempting 16- and 17-Year-Old Students from Compulsory School Attendance
Sponsors:
Representatives Parison, Mirski, Sova, Ingbretson and Bates; Senator White
Summary:

If passed, House Bill 429 would allow parents to exempt their 16- and 17-year-old students from compulsory school attendance by supplying the school district superintendent with written permission.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

1/21/2011     (House)     Introduced and referred to the Education Committee
2/09/2011     (House)     Public Hearing: March 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in Legislative Office Building (LOB) 205-207
2/18/2011     (House)     Executive Session: March 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207
3/08/2011     (House)     Committee Report: No recommendation. Scheduled for March 15 vote.
3/15/2011     (House)     The full House of Representatives voted to pass HB 429 by a vote of 210-134
3/23/2011     (Senate)     Introduced and referred to the Senate Education Committee
5/26/2011     (Senate)     Education Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL)
6/1/2011     (Senate)     ITL

Background:

In 2007 the New Hampshire legislature passed SB 18, raising the compulsory attendance age to 18. HSLDA and other organizations fought this battle, along with its predecessor SB 268, vigorously. Although HB 429 does not repeal SB 18, HB 429 would permit parents to make the determination as to whether their 16- and 17-year-old children should be exempt from the compulsory attendance law. Parents, not the state, are the ones who should be making these decisions. Homeschoolers whose parents submit written permission would be exempt from compulsory attendance laws and no longer subject to RSA 193:A.

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