April 27, 2007

Attempt to Raise School Age Fails

This legislative session Home School Legal Defense Association monitored several bills in Arizona. Each year we track any bill in all 50 states that would potentially harm homeschool families. HSLDA will quickly notify homeschoolers when action is needed on any particular bill.

On the last possible day for new bills, House Bill 2670 was introduced. This bill would have raised the upper age limit of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18.

HSLDA’s main objection to any bill raising or lowering the compulsory attendance age is the erosion of parental rights. Parents are in the best position to determine when their children are ready for school or when they are ready to move on to college or a job.

Raising the compulsory attendance age also comes with price tag. More students mean more classroom space and more teachers. Alternative programs are often needed to deal with students who don’t want to be in school and are too disruptive.

Finally, if House Bill 2670 had passed, homeschool parents would have had to comply with the homeschool requirements for two more years.

Days after it was introduced, HSLDA sent out an e-lert asking homeschoolers to contact the House Education Committee opposing this bill. With this opposition the bill was killed in committee.

The defeat of this bill demonstrates once again how effective homeschoolers can be. To be notified of homeschool developments in Arizona and across the country make sure we have your email address and you receive the HSLDA e-lerts.

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