Senate Bill 3259: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18

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Last Updated: April 26, 2012
Senate Bill 3259: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18
Sponsors:
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford
Summary:

As originally written, this bill would have raised the upper limit of compulsory attendance requirements from age 17 to 18. However, the bill has been amended at the request of the sponsor. The amended version would not make any changes to Illinois compulsory attendance laws.

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

02/01/2012     (Senate)     Introduced
02/07/2012     (Senate)     Referred to Education Committee
02/29/2012     (Senate)     Passed Education Committee
04/26/2012     (Senate)     Amended

Background:

Not all 17-year-olds belong in a formal school setting. Some would be better off in a work training program, apprenticeship, obtaining valuable work experience, etc. This decision belongs to parents, not state officials.

Pushing unwilling older students into the classroom will disrupt the other students who truly want to learn. Since many older students have the size and strength of adults, classrooms could become even more violent.

Raising the compulsory age does not help young people. Some of the states with the highest graduation rates have the lowest compulsory attendance cut-off age. A majority of states have an ending age of 16 or 17.

Taxes would inevitably rise to pay for more classroom space and teachers. When California raised the upper age limit of compulsory attendance, taxpayers were forced to pay for the building of new
schools just to handle the older, unwilling students and their behavior problems.

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Bill History

E-lert May 21, 2012: Call Today to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion

E-lert March 27, 2012: Call Today—Crucial Vote Coming on Compulsory School Age Expansion

E-lert March 1, 2012: Call Today to Stop Compulsory School Age Expansion