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H.180

Introduced by   Representatives Grad of Moretown, Donahue of Northfield and Hosford of Waitsfield

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education; attendance; mandatory age

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to increase the age of mandatory school attendance from 16 to 18.

AN ACT RELATING TO AN INCREASE IN THE AGE FOR MANDATORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1121 is amended to read:
§ 1121.  ATTENDANCE BY CHILDREN OF SCHOOL AGE REQUIRED

A person having the control of a child between the ages of six and 16 18 years shall cause the child to attend a public school, an approved or recognized independent school or a home study program for the full number of days for which that school is held, unless the child:

(1)  is mentally or physically unable so to attend; or

(2)  has completed the tenth grade received a high school diploma from an approved public or independent school, including those that provide alternative programs, or completed the equivalent of grade 12 in a home study program; or

(3)  is excused by the superintendent or a majority of the school directors as provided in this chapter; or

(4)  is enrolled in and attending a postsecondary school, as defined in subdivision 176(b)(1) of this title, which is approved or accredited in Vermont or another state.

Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 1126 is amended to read:

§ 1126.  FAILURE TO ATTEND; NOTICE BY TEACHER

When a pupil between the ages of six and 16 18 years, who is not excused or exempted from school attendance, fails to enter school at the beginning thereof, or being enrolled, fails to attend the same, and when a pupil who has become 16 years of age becomes enrolled in a public school and fails to attend, the teacher or principal shall forthwith notify the superintendent or school directors, and the truant officer, unless the teacher or principal is satisfied upon information that the pupil is absent on account of sickness.

Sec. 3.  16 V.S.A. § 1128(a) is amended to read:

(a)  A superintendent may and the truant officer shall stop a child between the ages of six and 16 years or a child 16 years of age or over and enrolled in public school 18 years of age, wherever found during school hours, and shall, unless such the child is excused or exempted from school attendance, take the child to the school which she or he the child should attend.

Sec. 4.  REPEAL

16 V.S.A. § 1122, relating to pupils over 16, is repealed.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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