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7/31/2008 3:21:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Massachusetts--Legislature Closer to Increasing Compulsory School Attendance Age

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July 31, 2008

Massachusetts--Legislature Moves Closer
to Increasing Compulsory School Attendance Age

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Earlier this year we reported to you that Massachusetts lawmakers had
introduced eight different bills to raise the compulsory school
attendance age from 16 to 18 years. Senate Bill 2462 has now been
replaced by Senate Bill 2766, which was passed by the Senate by a vote
of 36-0. The bill is now in the House and is moving to its third
reading.

The new legislation would establish policies and programs to improve
dropout prevention and graduation rates in Massachusetts. It also
creates a commission to study, among other things, raising the
compulsory school attendance age to age 18. The commission
membership includes many appointees, most of whom are professional
educators or representatives of teachers associations. As you know,
it is the position of the NEA that children should be required to
attend school until they graduate or reach age 21. If created, the
commission would be required to report its findings to the legislature
by December 31, 2009.

HSLDA will continue to monitor this legislation and the commission, if
created, to work to defeat any increase in the age of compulsory
attendance in Massachusetts. Thank you for your support as we work
to preserve homeschooling freedom in Massachusetts and throughout the
world.

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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