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Compulsory attendance age raised

On June 29, 2001, Governor Mike Foster signed House Bill 19 into law, raising the compulsory attendance age in Louisiana from 17 years old to 18. The law went into effect July 1, 2001.

Under the old law, as soon as a home schooled student turned 17, he was free from the requirements of the compulsory attendance law. The new law changes this to 18, unless the student has graduated.

Home School Legal Defense Association opposes this change in the law. We believe that it unnecessarily burdens parents by requiring them to file their application to home school for an additional year. When the Louisiana Legislature convenes next year, we hope to see the law lower the age once again.

Darren A. Jones