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Efforts to Expand Compulsory Attendance Fall

Four bills which were introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly to expand the compulsory attendance ages for children have failed to pass. House Bill 5245 and Senate Bill 184, both of which would have reduced the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 5 years, died in the Joint Committee on Education on April 21, 1995. House Bill 5051 and House Bill 5267, both of which would have increased the mandatory school attendance age from 16 to 18 years old or until high school graduation, suffered the same fate in failing to pass the Joint Committee on Education.

Proposal to Remove Truant Children From Home Fails

Proposed Bill 410, introduced by Senator Penn of the 23rd District in an effort to require the state to remove a truant child living in poor conditions from his home, has failed to pass the Joint Committee on Human Services. Under Senator Penn's legislative proposal, the state was required to investigate the living situation of a truant child and to remove that child from his home if the child was living in "poor conditions." This bill appeared to discriminate against the poor, in that other truant children would have been permitted to continue to live at home. Any attempt to remove a child from his home based only upon a distinction of wealth raises serious constitutional issues.