ERIC Number: ED377556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-25
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Compulsory Education: A Policy Analysis.
Grady, Marilyn L.; And Others
This report presents information on compulsory education. Data were collected through a review of literature, a telephone survey of state Department of Education personnel, and interviews with South Dakota state Department of Education personnel. The document reviews trends in legislation pertaining to compulsory education in the United States and identifies state efforts to improve school attendance. South Dakota, for example, raised the allowable exit age from 14 to 16 years of age in 1990. The action appears to have reduced the number of youths on the streets and made educators more aware of the many ways in which students learn. However, there has been an increase in the number of uninterested students and a lack of training and resources for teachers to meet the needs of those students. It is recommended that legislators amend the current compulsory attendance law in Nebraska by raising the upper age limit from 16 to 18, or high school graduation. However, a provision to the amendment would allow a person 16 years or older to be excused by school authorities if he or she has successfully completed a minimum competency test. Given the link between education and the juvenile justice system, the state legislature should commission a joint task force, comprised of representatives from both systems, to explore common issues and interests. Three tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln.
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska