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4/15/2010 3:38:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia--Effects of the Compulsory Attendance Age Increase

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April 15, 2010

West Virginia--Effects of the Compulsory Attendance Age Increase

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

West Virginia House Bill 4593 was recently signed into law by the
governor, increasing the age of compulsory school attendance from 16
to 17. However, the legislature's use of vague language regarding the
effective date creates some uncertainty. According to the bill, the
age increase begins "with the 2011-2012 high school freshman cohort
class of students."

HSLDA will be analyzing this legislation carefully and will revise our
legal analysis to provide you with the information you will need to be
able to comply with the law. We will inform you when our analysis has
been completed. At this time our position is that students who are 16
years old for the 2010-2011 school year are not affected by this
increase. This means that homeschoolers may confidently cease sending
their notice of intent to school districts for their students who are
16 years old for the next (2010 - 2011) school year.

On a positive note, the House of Delegates designated March 9, 2010,
as "West Virginia Home School Day." House Resolution 29 states that
homeschooled students exhibit "self-confidence and good citizenship
and are prepared academically to meet the challenges of today's
society." Further, the resolution recognizes homeschool students,
teachers, and families for their "dedication to excellence in
education." View the full resolution here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8101 .

Thank you for what you do in defense of homeschooling freedom in West
Virginia!

Standing with you,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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