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In Hartford, you may not under any circumstances cross the street walking on your hands!


General Assembly Maintains Status Quo

Home schooling families survived another session of the Connecticut General Assembly, which considered nine bills proposing unfavorable changes to school compulsory attendance ages. Additionally, a bill requiring home school students to take the state mastery test died in the joint committee on education.

Connecticut’s current compulsory attendance law is relatively favorable because it allows parents of five- and six-year-olds to elect not to send their children to school by personally signing an option form at the school district office. Children 16 and over are not subject to the compulsory attendance requirements.

There is no state testing of home instructed students in Connecticut. Parents who choose to comply with the state board of education’s guidelines for home instruction agree to an end-of-year portfolio review to show that they have taught the required subjects.