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7/10/2008 11:27:30 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Pennsylvania--Philadelphia Compulsory School Age Change

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

July 10, 2008

Pennsylvania--Philadelphia Compulsory School Age Change

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On Tuesday of this week, Governor Edward Rendell signed into law House
Bill 1067, one of the provisions of which authorizes a change in the
compulsory school attendance age from 8 to 6 for children in
Philadelphia. The new law permits the board of education of school
districts of the first class (only Philadelphia) to make the change.
We believe it is a foregone conclusion that Philadelphia's board of
education will soon vote to lower the compulsory school age.

The silver lining to this bad legislation is that there is an
exception for children who are in a home education program or whose
parents file a notice with the school district superintendant of their
intent to enroll them in a home education program. Parents will not
have to begin complying with the homeschool law until a child turns 8
years old. HSLDA will develop a notice of intent form for our
Philadelphia members to use for their children who are between 6 and

To provide you with a brief legislative history, H.B. 1067 started off
as a two-page bill introduced in April of 2007 addressing only the
transfer of pupil disciplinary records between public and nonpublic
schools. It had nothing to do with homeschooling, so we were not
monitoring it. Unbeknownst to us, over the past few days this bill
ballooned into an omnibus education bill of 67 pages. On July 4, a
national holiday when most state and federal government offices were
closed, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was moving full steam ahead
on this bill. In the course of this one day, the compulsory
attendance age language was inserted and approved by both the Senate
and House of Representatives. Homeschoolers were given no opportunity
to express their opposition to this expansion of state control over
education. Even with the exception for students to be enrolled in a
home education program, parents in Philadelphia will be required to
file a notice they have never been required to file before.

If you have questions concerning this new law, please contact us for
more information.

To view the text of House Bill 1067, please go to: .

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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