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Senate Bill 246 would require any 5- or 6-year-old child who has been enrolled in a public school to regularly attend that school during the entire school term. Under this bill, once a parent has elected to enroll his or her child in a public school, the parent will be "required to send the child to, and maintain the child in, regular attendance at a public school" for the entire school year.
An amendment was entered to delete the phrase "entire school term" from the bill, enabling a parent to withdraw their child during the school year. The amendment was adopted.
It has passed the Senate, and is now in the House.
HSLDA is concerned about the phrase "maintain the child in regular attendance at a public school" as this might be used to prohibit a parent withdrawing their child from school once enrolled.
01/10/2011 (Senate) Introduction and first reading. Referred to President's desk.
01/14/2011 (Senate) Referred to Education and Workforce Development.
02/10/2011 (Senate) Public Hearing held.
03/17/2011 (Senate) Public Hearing and Possible Work Session scheduled.
03/23/2011 (Senate) Recommendation: Do pass with Amendments.
03/24/2011 (Senate) Second Reading
03/28/2011 (Senate) Third reading.
03/29/2011 (House) First reading.
06/30/2011 Session ended.
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