Senate Bill 246: Requiring 5- and 6-Year-Olds to Remain in School Once Enrolled

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Senate Bill 246: Requiring 5- and 6-Year-Olds to Remain in School Once Enrolled
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Introduced at the request of Senate Interim Committee on Education and General Government
Summary:

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's Position:

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.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

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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