Juvenile officer misinformed about law
Home School Legal Defense Association recently addressed the issue of whether the Alabama compulsory attendance law is brought into effect early if a child begins school under age 7. An HSLDA member family enrolled their 6-year-old son in public school and attempted to withdraw him and educate him at home.
Soon after, a juvenile officer working under the Cleburne County Board of Education contacted the family and insisted that the child be enrolled in a school. In her letter, the officer stated that a 1999 amendment to the compulsory attendance law required that, once enrolled in school, a child becomes subject to the compulsory attendance requirement even if the child is not yet 7.
HSLDA Attorney Dewitt Black reviewed the cited amendment and concluded that Alabama parents continue to have the right to withdraw their children from public school anytime prior to reaching the current compulsory attendance age. HSLDA sent a letter explaining this law to the juvenile officer, and the matter was resolved.
- Dewitt T. Black