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Alabama Lowered the Compulsory School Attendance Age

Alabama’s compulsory school attendance age was changed May 2012, lowering the age limit for all students in Alabama from 7 to 6 years old. This was done via Senate Bill 28.

A parent of a 6-year-old may opt out of enrolling the child in public school until age 7 by notifying the local school board in writing that the child will not be enrolled until age 7. This new law went into effect August 1, 2012.

Here is HSLDA’s take on the changes: Compulsory Attendance Age Lowered

You may still find some church school administrators who are not aware of the change, as it was done very quietly, with only a minimum of attention on several of the statewide Alabama homeschooling lists. Also, many websites that include generalized homeschooling information for all fifty states have not made the necessary changes to reflect this new attendance age for Alabama.

It is always best to read the Code of Alabama 1975 for yourself and review it occasionally for changes or just to refresh your knowledge. To find the proper section of the code, visit ALISON (Alabama Legislative Information System Online). On the left side of the page, click on the “Code of Ala” tab. From there, click on the “view” option at the top of that left side tab. Scroll down to Title 16: Education. The Section most pertinent is Chapter 28, but some of the rest is pretty interesting reading also!

As of today’s date (August 20, 2012), the new lowered compulsory attendance age has not been updated in The Code of Alabama 1975.

For more information about homeschooling in Alabama, check out LeapingFromTheBox’s Alabama FAQs and Alabama Homeschooling pages.

You might also be interested in information on the upper age limit of 17 for compulsory attendance for Alabama.

Disclaimer: In no way should any information on this blog be considered legal advice. I urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the homeschool (education) laws of their individual state (read the State of Alabama Education Code) and to seek out other web sites pertaining to homeschooling in their individual state. Do not rely solely upon what you find at any one site!

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