House Bill 136: Decreases the Compulsory School Attendance Age

North Carolina
North Carolina

Last Updated: February 28, 2017
House Bill 136: Decreases the Compulsory School Attendance Age
Representative Lambeth, Representative Dobson, Representative Hanes, Representative Horn, Representative Belk, Representative Farmer-Butterfield, Representative Gill, Representative G. Graham, Representative Holley, Representative Hunter, Representative Lucas, Representative B. Richardson, Representative Steinburg, Representative Wray

This bill would lower the compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6 which would expand the state’s control over education.

HSLDA's Position:
Action Requested:
None at this time

See "Bill History" link below.


While increasing state graduation rates is an admirable goal, notable research from the Brown Center on Education Policy, John Locke Foundation, and Nation Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, consistently find that there is no significant evidence linking high school graduation rates with higher compulsory school attendance ages.

John Locke Foundation Spotlight: Raise the Bar, Not the Age—Why Raising the Compulsory School Age Won’t Reduce Dropouts

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance: Does raising the state compulsory school attendance age achieve the intended outcomes?


Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings: Compulsory School Attendance: What Research Says and What It Means for State Policy


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Bill History