From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/22/2002 5:05:13 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Missouri--Bill to Increase Compulsory Attendance Age Dies in Senate Committee

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 22, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A bill that would take away a parent's right to decide whether or not
to continue a child's formal education after reaching age sixteen
years of age died in the Senate Education Committee due to the 2002
legislative session close.

H.B. 1460 passed the House Education Committee in the House itself
with large margins. Only the Senate Education Committee and the
Senate itself could prevent this bill from going to the governor's

The bill was referred to the Senate Education Committee and passed
the committee vote. However, it was never placed on the calendar for
approval by the full senate and subsequently died in committee as the
session closed May 17, 2002.

The bill would have allowed metropolitan school districts to raise
the age of compulsory attendance from sixteen to seventeen years of
age. In an apparent effort to influence home schoolers against
opposing this bill, the sponsors included a provision that removes
some of the applicable requirements when home schooling a sixteen-
year-old. By removing all standards for how a sixteen year old
should be instructed, the bill inserts such an ambiguity into the
home school statute that it could be struck down as unconstitutional.
With no standards whatsoever, a judge would also be free to interpret
the law himself and create his own standard. This could result in a
child being found "in need of services" even though the parents
believed they were complying with the law.

Please visit our website for background information on H.B. 1460.

Thank you for standing with us to support the freedom of parents.

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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