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Compulsory Attendance Exemption Upheld
The Colorado legislature is at it again! In 2006, there was a strong push to raise the age of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 17 and lower it from 7 to 6. After receiving an e-lert from Home School Legal Defense Association, homeschoolers voiced their opposition to the bill, the attempt to lower the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 was dropped, and the bill’s sponsor even added an exemption for homeschoolers.
This year, Senate Bill 16 was introduced in another attempt to lower the compulsory attendance age. Treon Goossen, home education legislative analyst/liaison for Colorado, presented strong, articulate testimony at the committee hearings, and made sure that the homeschool exemption remained intact. Having passed the Senate and House with the homeschool exemption in place, S.B. 16 will now go to Governor Bill Ritter for his signature.
Because homeschoolers lobbied so effectively last year, legislators were very willing to retain the homeschool exemption this year. One legislator even said that they would do whatever they had to do to keep the homeschoolers happy, or else face their wrath!
Thank you for being ready to defend your homeschool freedoms. The lobbying force of homeschoolers has been powerful, and legislators continue to listen.
— by Christopher J. Klicka