Senate Bill 823: Raises Compulsory Attendance Age to 18

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Last Updated: October 28, 2016
Senate Bill 823: Raises Compulsory Attendance Age to 18
Senators Nellie Pou, M. Teresa Ruiz, and Nilsa Cruz-Perez

This bill requires students aged 16 and 17 to attend school until age 18, unless they have graduated.  Under current law, once a child is 16, he is free of the obliagation to attend school.

This is a companion bill to A1874.

HSLDA's Position:

This bill should be opposed because it takes away from parents the freedom to determine when their older teen-age child is ready to end his or her formal academic studies and either focus on some academic specialty or gain employment experience by entering the workforce. The government should respect the right of parents and older children to choose whether to continue the child's formal schooling or to get a head start in the transition to being a productive adult.

Action Requested:

None at this time.


1/12/2016 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee

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