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November 28, 2007

Compulsory Attendance Bill—Senate Bill 18—Passes

On June 26, 2007, Governor John Lynch signed Senate Bill 18 into law. As you know, the new law raises the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. This requires homeschoolers to file a notice of intent for two additional years or to verify high school completion (if a student graduates before turning 18).

The law does not take effect until July 1, 2009, and between now and then, Home School Legal Defense Association, CheNH, and other homeschooling advocates will work toward modifying the law to make it more favorable to homeschoolers. It may even be possible to repeal it!

We will keep you updated on future developments concerning the new compulsory attendance age, but if you have any questions about this or other legislation affecting homeschoolers, please feel free to contact us.