The Home School Court Report
No. 4

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Attempt to Increase School Age Fails

Every year in each of the 50 states, Home School Legal Defense Association tracks any bill that would potentially harm homeschooling families and notifies homeschoolers when action is needed on a bill. Although HSLDA monitored several bills in Arizona during the 2007 legislative session, House Bill 2670 would have had the most significant impact on homeschoolers. Introduced on the last possible day for new bills, H.B. 2670 would have raised the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18.

HSLDA opposes any expansion of compulsory attendance age for several reasons. First, raising or lowering the compulsory attendance age erodes parental rights. Parents are in the best position to determine when their child is ready for school or when he or she is ready to move on to college or a job. Second, raising the compulsory attendance age comes with a price tag.

More students mean more classroom space and more teachers. Alternative programs are often needed to deal with disruptive students who don’t want to be in school. Finally, increasing the compulsory attendance age by two years would have burdened homeschooling parents and school administrators by requiring them to comply with Arizona’s homeschool law for two more years. Days after H.B. 2670 was introduced, HSLDA sent out an e-lert asking homeschoolers to contact the Arizona House Education Committee opposing this bill. Largely as a result of this opposition by concerned citizens, the bill was killed in committee.

To be notified of the latest homeschool developments in Arizona and across the country, please make sure that we have your current email address and that you are signed up for our e-lert service.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt