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S.348

Introduced by Committee on Education

Date:

Subject:  Education; compulsory attendance; workforce training

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that children between the ages of 16 and 18 years who are not otherwise enrolled in a secondary school, a postsecondary school, or a postsecondary technical education program shall attend an approved workforce training program.

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION OR WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 18 YEARS 

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

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1122 is amended to read:

§ 1122.  PUPILS OVER SIXTEEN CHILDREN WHO ARE 16 YEARS OLD

              AND OLDER

A person having the control of a child over sixteen years of age who allows such child to become enrolled in a public school, shall cause such child to attend such school continually for the full number of the school days of the term in which he is so enrolled, unless such child is mentally or physically unable to continue, or is excused in writing by the superintendent or a majority of the school directors.  In case of such enrollment, such person, and the teacher, child, superintendent, and school directors shall be under the laws and subject to the penalties relating to the attendance of children between the ages of seven and sixteen years. 

(a)  A person having control of a child who is at least 16 but less than 18 years old shall cause the child to be enrolled in and attend a public or approved independent secondary school or a workforce training program approved by the state board.  Attendance shall be for the number of days and hours required for satisfactory completion of the school term or training program.  This subsection shall not apply if:

(1)  The commissioner determines that the child is mentally or physically unable to be enrolled.

(2)  The child is enrolled in and attending:

(A)  A postsecondary school, as defined in subdivision 176(b)(1) of this title, that is approved or accredited in Vermont or another state; or

(B)  A postsecondary technical education program as defined in subdivision 1522(12) of this title. 

(3)  The child has completed all credits and other requirements necessary for secondary graduation.

(b)  The person having control of the child, the child, the superintendent of the district in which the child resides, and, in the case of a public secondary school, the teacher, and the school directors shall be subject to the laws and penalties relating to the attendance of children between the ages of seven and 16 years. 

Sec. 2.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage and shall apply beginning in the

2009–2010 academic year and after.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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