Bill would increase compulsory school attendance age to 18

Source: House Public Information Services

All states have some form of a compulsory school attendance law that defines the minimum and maximum age in which a student must be enrolled and attend public school, or some equivalent education program.

With some exceptions, Minnesota law requires that every child between ages 7 and 17 receive instruction, unless the child has graduated.

This week’s Starting Line video (produced by House Public Information Services) features a bill (HF15) that would bump that age to 18.

Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul) says his bill’s goal is to help prepare students for the real world when they leave high school.

Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) is the author of the companion bill (SF19) in the Senate.

Click here to watch an interview with Rep. Mariani about this bill.

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