Senate Bill 157: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18 in Baltimore


Last Updated: February 17, 2012
Senate Bill 157: Raises Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18 in Baltimore
Senators Pugh, Conway, Jones-Rodwell, and McFadden

This bill would raise the upper limit of compulsory school attendance age in Baltimore from 16 to 18. While this bill claims that this increased age does not apply to children who are being homeschooled, this supposed exemption is meaningless in that it still would legally require homeschoolers to comply with attendance requirements for another two years.

HSLDA's Position:
Action Requested:
None at this time

01/19/2012     (Senate)     Referred to Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee
02/15/2012     (Senate)     Committee hearing scheduled

This bill has been withdrawn by the sponsor, and is now dead.


Although this bill exempts children who have graduated from high school, this exemption will not apply to homeschoolers. However, this bill does allow parents to exempt their children at age 16 with a written notice.

Pushing unwilling older students into the classroom will disrupt the other students who truly want to learn. Since many 17-year-olds have the size and strength of adults, classrooms could become even more violent.

Raising the compulsory school age does not help young people. Some of the states with the highest graduation rates have the lowest compulsory attendance cut-off age. Most states end compulsory attendance before age 18.

Taxes would inevitably rise to pay for more classroom space and teachers. When California raised the upper age limit of compulsory attendance, taxpayers were forced to pay for the building of new schools just to handle the older, unwilling students and their behavior problems.

For more information, please see our Issues Library entry on compulsory attendance.

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