Introduced by Representatives Grad of Moretown, Donahue of Northfield and Hosford of Waitsfield
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
person having the control of a child between the ages of six and
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
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;
(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
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16 V.S.A. § 1122, relating to pupils over 16, is repealed.
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