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Education Commission of the States, 2020
Age requirements for free and compulsory education help policymakers ensure that students receive the benefits of early education and support a reduction in dropout rates. Depending on the state, students are required to attend school for as few as nine years and up to 13 years. However, exemptions exist on both sides of the K-12 spectrum to…
Descriptors: School Entrance Age, Compulsory Education, School Attendance Legislation, State Legislation
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Defty, Andrew – Educational Review, 2018
In 2013, changes to the regulations regarding school absences meant that head teachers could no longer authorise term-time holidays. As a consequence of this parents who wish to take their children on holiday during term-time are now liable for a fixed penalty notice. This policy has been the subject of a number of legal challenges, most notably…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Attendance, School Attendance Legislation, Educational Policy
Diffey, Louisa; Steffes, Sarah – Education Commission of the States, 2017
This 50-State Review defines and explores free and compulsory education, and includes state examples, policy considerations, exemptions and requirements.
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, School Entrance Age, State Policy, Educational Policy
Aragon, Stephanie – Education Commission of the States, 2015
Policymakers across the nation continue to push for expanded free and compulsory school age requirements. More states are considering granting students earlier access to a free education so that they can begin their academic pursuits earlier in life. Similarly, every year a number of states consider extending the upper limit for compulsory school…
Descriptors: Compulsory Education, School Attendance Legislation, School Entrance Age, Dropouts
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Thomas, Paul; Hennum, Øyvind – Power and Education, 2020
This study considers the issue of absenteeism in Norwegian high schools with a particular focus on the new controversial 10% ceiling, which began in August 2016. Data was obtained through documentary sources and participant observation in one high school with one of the highest absenteeism rates in the capital, Oslo. Employing Foucault's 'panoptic…
Descriptors: Attendance, School Attendance Legislation, Attendance Patterns, Foreign Countries
Ozar, Ryan H. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The United States Supreme Court's decision in the case Wisconsin v. Yoder et al. (1972) created a special provision for Amish and Old Order Mennonite families by allowing their children to end formal schooling at age 14. The assumption was that these Anabaptist families were preparing children adequately to live "full lives" in their…
Descriptors: Religious Cultural Groups, Public Schools, Inclusion, Teacher Attitudes
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Watson, Michael; Hemmer, Lynn – eJEP: eJournal of Education Policy, 2015
This paper examines attendance accounting policies and practices for students enrolled in public schools in Texas and in alternative schools of choice (ASC) in particular. Technology advancement allows students to complete their coursework virtually anywhere they have internet access; however, conventional state attendance policies still require…
Descriptors: Attendance, School Policy, Public Schools, Nontraditional Education
Grove, Jeffrey – Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
Over the past decade, SREB state policy-makers have focused on actions to reduce dropout rates and increase high school graduation rates. Some policy-makers have suggested that raising their state's compulsory attendance age (often called the dropout age) to require students to stay in school until age 17 or 18 is an important step. However,…
Descriptors: Attendance, Intervention, State Policy, Graduation Rate
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, 2011
In 2009, the North Dakota legislature passed SB 2217, which lowered the penalty for truancy from a felony to an infraction for a first offense and a class B misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense. Additionally, the legislature required the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to convene a workgroup to further study truancy…
Descriptors: Truancy, Compulsory Education, Prevention, Attendance
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Self, Sharmistha – Journal of Economic Education, 2012
The primary objective of this article is to see if and how attendance policy influences class attendance in undergraduate-level principles of macroeconomics classes. The second objective, which is related to the first, is to examine whether the nature of the attendance policy matters in terms of its impact on class attendance behavior. The results…
Descriptors: Macroeconomics, Attendance, Discipline Policy, Undergraduate Study
Lleras-Muney, Adriana; Shertzer, Allison – National Bureau of Economic Research, 2012
In the early twentieth century, education legislation was often passed based on arguments that new laws were needed to force immigrants to learn English and "Americanize." We provide the first estimates of the effect of statutes requiring English as the language of instruction and compulsory schooling laws on the school enrollment, work, literacy…
Descriptors: Language of Instruction, Immigrants, Socialization, Educational Policy
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2012
President Barack Obama's call for every state to require school attendance until age 18 may spark a flurry of action in some statehouses, but changing attendance laws will do little by itself to drive down the nation's dropout rates, experts on the issue say. In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama said states should require…
Descriptors: Presidents, Compulsory Education, Age, Attendance
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Lee, Chanyoung; Orazem, Peter F. – Economics of Education Review, 2010
The proportion of U.S. high school students working during the school year ranges from 23% in the freshman year to 75% in the senior year. This study estimates how cumulative work histories during the high school years affect probability of dropout, high school academic performance, and the probability of attending college. Variations in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Employment, Academic Achievement, Gender Differences
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2009
What is the mandatory age of attendance in each of the states? Specifically, what is the age at which a student may leave school with or without parental consent, and what if any caveats or requirements are attached to dropping out? To answer these questions, the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL-SE) staff conducted a Google search…
Descriptors: Attendance, State Legislation, State Government, Age
Vermont Department of Education, 2008
This is the seventh annual report required by Act 150. It provides information on how schools have implemented the law and the extent to which students have participated, focusing chiefly on the current school year. In January 2005, the department provided qualitative findings from a study done by UVM researchers and offered additional findings…
Descriptors: School Choice, Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, School Attendance Legislation
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