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6/12/2003 4:13:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Assembly Bill Raises Compulsory Attendance Age

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

June 11, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On June 9, 2003, Assembly Bill 3766 was introduced and referred to
the Assembly Education Committee. This bill would raise the
compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 years old.


1. Please call your assemblyman or assemblywoman and courteously
express your opposition to this bill. Your message can be as simple

"I urge you to vote against A.B. 3766. It is a waste of taxpayers'
money. Statistics show that forcing older teenagers to attend school
does not improve graduation rates."

Remember that your assemblyman or assemblywoman may not be familiar
with this bill yet.

2. Pass this on to others. A.B. 3766 will affect all parents, not
just home schoolers.

3. Go to our legislative toolbox at to
find out who your state assemblyman or assemblywoman is and his or
her phone number.


Raising the compulsory attendance age will not reduce the dropout
rate. In fact, the two states with the highest high school completion
rates (Maryland, 94.5% and North Dakota, 94.7%) compel attendance
only to age 16, but the state with the lowest completion rate
(Oregon, 75.4%) compels attendance to age 18. (Figures are three year
averages, 1996 through 1998.)

Most states (29) only require attendance to age 16. Older children
who are unwilling to learn can cause classroom disruptions and even
violence, making learning harder for their classmates who truly want
to learn.

When California raised the age of compulsory attendance, unwilling
students were so disruptive that new schools had to be built just to
handle them and their behavior problems, all at the expense of the

Parents' freedom to decide if their older teenager is ready for
college or the workforce should not be restricted. Some 16 and 17
year olds who are not academically inclined benefit more from
valuable work experience than from being forced to sit in a

Thank you for joining with us to help defeat this attack on liberty.


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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