House Bill 565: Lowers Compulsory School Age from 6 to 5

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Last Updated: February 14, 2017
House Bill 565: Lowers Compulsory School Age from 6 to 5
Sponsors:
Representatives Moore and Gibbs (72nd)
Summary:

If passed, children would be required to attend school from age 5 to 17 (currently 6 to 17). This expands the state's control over education and would affect all Mississippi 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