House Bill 4039: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18 Years Old

South Carolina
South Carolina

Last Updated: April 11, 2017
House Bill 4039: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18 Years Old
Representative Govan, Representative Gilliard, Representative Thigpen, Representative Mack, Representative Jefferson, Representative Knight, Representative Douglas, Representative Bennett, Representative Robinson-Simpson, Represenative Martin, Represenative Norrell, Representative Brown, Represenative Cobb-Hunter, Representative Dillard, Represenative Funderburk, Representative Herbkersman, Representative King, Representative B. Newton, Representative Ridgeway, and Representative Thayer

This bill would increase the maximum compulsory school attendance age from 17 to 18, which expands 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