Senate Bill 46: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18

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Last Updated: April 28, 2011
Senate Bill 46: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18
Senators DiPalma, DeVall, Tassoni, Crowley, Metts

This bill would raise the upper boundary of compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18. This bill would also exempt from compulsory school attendance students who completed high school in a homeschool program or were accepted into an accredited postsecondary education program. However, since only a small minority of homeschooled students graduate or are accepted into college before 18, this bill would harm many more homeschool families than it would help by requiring most homeschoolers to continue to seek approval to homeschool from their county for one or two more years per child.

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01/19/2011     (Senate)     Introduced, referred to Senate Education Committee
04/27/2011     (Senate)     Hearing scheduled
04/27/2011     (Senate)     Senate Education Committee recommends bill be held for further study

This bill failed to pass; however, House Bill 5061 (also changing the compulsory attendance law to age 18) was passed and is now law.

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