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This bill would raise the general compulsory attendance age in Iowa from 16 to 18. For homeschoolers (students receiving competent private instruction or CPI), the upper compulsory attendance age would be 16 if the child reaches the age of 16 on or before September 15; otherwise, the child will have to attend school until the end of the school year in which they turn 16.
This is problematic for several reasons. First, any exemption for homeschoolers from a general compulsory attendance age increase is bound to be short-lived; once the other students in the state are attending school until 18, it is difficult to establish a good reason why homeschoolers should only attend until 18. The exemption for homeschooled students will also likely be removed because it is prone to abuse; as this bill is written, a student could simply switch to CPI before their 16th birthday to avoid having to attend school until 18. Also, if a parent wants to begin homeschooling after their child is 16, they will have to continue to submit CPI reports.
This bill also makes another legal change affecting homeschoolers. Right now, homeschoolers over the age of 16 who continue to file CPI reports are able to dual enroll. This bill, if enacted, would cut off the dual enrollment option for homeschoolers once compulsory attendance age ends, eliminating it as an option once the student is 17.
01/20/2011 (House) Introduced, referred to Education Committee
01/20/2011 (House) Referred to Education Subcommittee (L. Miller, Forristall, and Hanson)
This bill did not pass out of its committee of origin before the session ended. It is now dead.
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