Senate Bill 2073: Kindergartners Must Attend Licensed School

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Last Updated: February 3, 2017
Senate Bill 2073: Kindergartners Must Attend Licensed School
Sponsors:
Senator Jordan
Summary:

This bill would lower the age at which a child is legally compelled to attend school from 6 to 5. It would also require kindergarten-age students to attend a "licensed" kindergarten program. In practical terms, this bill would prevent most Mississippi parents from homeschooling their kindergarten-age children.

This bill affects all families, including homeschooling families. It expands the state's control over education and infringes on a parent's right to choose to educate their child at home.

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

Died in committee.
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