The Home School Court Report
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January / February 2005

State Legislation Summary—2004
2004 art contest

Our Judges

Winners of the three categories
PHC beats Oxford in debate
GenJ: Into the land

What are Generation Joshua & HSLDA PAC?

Sodrel: One very tight race . . .

Davis: In a dead heat

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2004 in review

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Impact of the fund

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Compulsory education age changes

The Rhode Island Legislature has made changes to both ends of the compulsory education age spectrum.

Previously, a child was of compulsory attendance age if he turned 6 by December 31. The 2002 General Assembly changed this date to September 1. As a result, parents of a child who turns 6 on September 15, for example, do not need to submit paperwork to the school committee until the following year. This is a small step in the right direction.

The 2003 General Assembly changed the upper limit of compulsory attendance, but only for children who are "enrolled in school." The parents of a child enrolled in school at age 16 or older must give written authorization to the school department if the child is to stop schooling before attaining his 18th birthday. This will not affect most homeschool families except in three situations.

>>Some school districts have told homeschool families that unless they enroll their children in the school system, their homeschool program would not be approved. The new law could affect families who enrolled their children in response to this pressure. HSLDA has consistently opposed districts that demand that homeschool families enroll.
>>If a child is already 16 or 17 and enrolled in school when the parents decide to homeschool him, the child will be subject to the higher attendance age unless the parents submit the required written authorization.
>>A homeschooled child who takes one or two classes at a public school or plays on the school's sports team may be subject to the higher attendance age unless the required authorization is filed.

— by Scott A. Woodruff