Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

February 25, 2007

Being a legal adult isn’t enough to get out of compulsory attendance

Filed under: education — texased @ 11:53 am

80(R) HB 566 – Introduced version – Bill Text:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to compulsory school attendance for students who are at least 18 years of age.BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 25.085(e), Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
(e) A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person’s 18th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered, and shall attend until the end of the school year. Section 25.094 applies to a person described by this subsection. Sections 25.093 and 25.095 do not apply to the parent of a person described by this subsection. [A school district may revoke for the remainder of the school year the enrollment of a person who has more than five absences in a semester that are not excused under Section 25.087. A person whose enrollment is revoked under this subsection may be considered an unauthorized person on school district grounds for purposes of Section 37.107.]

So what happens if the 18 year old stops going to school? Is the state going to force him to go? Will she be fined? What about a 19 year old who was held back  in school at some point,  does he have to go? Do you think Mike Hamilton has any idea of how many students actually drop out at age 18 or unable to attend school because of too many unexcused absences?

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