General Assembly Vote Tracker

HB55 – Raising Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18

Also self explanatory.  This bill increases the age requirement for compulsory school attendance in Delaware from 16 to 18 years of age. The age increase is phased in over a two-year period; accordingly, there is a one-year interim period where the compulsory school attendance age requirement will be 17 years old. A child will be exempt from the age requirement if the child has received a high school diploma or a certificate of performance or obtains permission to withdraw from school from the superintendent of his school district.  Also, a child may be excused from compulsory attendance upon request of the child’s parent or legal guardian coupled with supporting written documentation from a qualified health professional.

Updated 3.13.2017

SPONSORS: Heffernan,  Bolden, Dukes, Henry, J.Johnson, Q.Johnson, Keeley, Longhurst, McDowell, Mitchell,  Sokola 



HISTORY: Assigned to Education Committee

STATUS: Awaiting hearing in Comittee

2 comments on “HB55 – Raising Compulsory School Attendance Age to 18

  1. And so common sense did rear it’s head in Delaware, and in of all places the general assembly. This should have been law decades ago.

  2. Thank you for doing this vote tracker! I am already exponentially better informed about 2017 state legislation than I was for the years 2002-2016 combined.

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