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Compulsory Education Laws: The Dialogue Reopens

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An Affidavit Reminder

In 1991, the Arizona legislature passed a bill over the opposition of both Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) and Home School Legal Defense Association. This new bill lowered the compulsory attendance age from eight to six.

However, due to strenuous efforts by AFHE, the new law also includes a provision stating that home schooling parents do not have to begin formal instruction until their child is eight years old. The parent need only submit an affidavit stating this fact. Therefore, home schoolers are really exempted from the compulsory attendance requirements until their child turns eight. This option can be very helpful for families with children who require extra time before starting school, but any parent can file this affidavit until their child is eight. — Darren A. Jones