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March 16, 2006

Bill Would Raise Compulsory Attendance Age

If enacted, House Bill 345 would raise the compulsory attendance age in Alaska from 16 to 17. Introduced by Representative Bruce Weyhrauch (District 4), this bill is presently in the House Education Committee.

Homeschoolers in Alaska are exempt from attending public schools, but parents are required to conduct home instruction until the child reaches age 16. If this bill passes, parents will be required to conduct home instruction for an additional year in order to remain exempt from public school attendance. Home School Legal Defense Association opposes any effort to expand the state's control over education in any form.

We urge all HSLDA member families to contact members of the House Education Committee and express their opposition to this legislation.