House Bill 55: Increases Compulsory School Attendance Age from 16 to 18

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Last Updated: February 8, 2017
House Bill 55: Increases Compulsory School Attendance Age from 16 to 18
Sponsors:
Representative Heffernan, Senator McDowell, Senator Sokola, Representative Bolden, Representative Dukes, Representative Keeley, Senator Henry, Representative J. Johnson, Representative Q. Johnson, Representative Longhurst, Representative Mitchell
Summary:

This bill would provide for the eventual increase of the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. This would expand the state's control over education. It would apply to all students, including homeschool students.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

See "Bill History" link below.

Background:

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

 

To view HSLDA’s position, click here.

 Other Resources

Bill Text

Bill History