In the discussion about raising the age of compulsory school attendance in order to decrease the number of people who go through life without a high school diploma, some people say it could be a homeschooling issue, and others dismiss that position. On the ‘yes, it’s an issue for homeschoolers’ side of the discussion, a rise in the age would affect all teens in a state, not just public school students.
In New Hampshire, homeschoolers worked with legislators to ensure that if a bill proposing to raise the age of compulsory attendance is passed, it won’t have an effect on homeschooling in the state.
Concord Monitor, Concord, New Hampshire, 17 March 2007, Dropout bill heads to House from Senate
Senators amended the bill slightly to allay the concerns of parents who home-school their children. Many home-schoolers complete their studies before they turn 18, and home educators worried that the bill could place such students in legal limbo. They also worried that students eager to drop out would simply declare themselves home-schoolers, since home-schoolers are exempt from the measure.
The proposal now allows such students to document the completion of their studies by submitting a letter to the state Department of Education.
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