Homeschool legislation update: Bills to change mandatory attendance ages
Source: Birmingham Homeschooling Examiner
By: Liz Masoner
March 1, 2012
Every year there are a few bills introduced in the Alabama State Legislature that would affect homeschoolers. Currently in committee are three bills that would change mandatory school attendance ages for all children in Alabama (public/private/church/homeschool).
Per the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), House Bill 141 would raise the mandatory attendance age from 17 to 18. This would prevent homeschoolers (and other students) from graduating early regardless of test scores or completed work.
Also in committee are two bills that would lower the mandatory attendance age from 7 to 6, removing parental decision as to when children are ready for first grade.
All of these bills are currently in the Education Policy committee. The HSLDA recommends contacting committee members and politely urging them to vote against these three bills. As HSLDA states, "When contacting members of the committee, there is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. This is broader than just a homeschooling issue."