Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law the new extended compulsory attendance age on January 4, 2010. The new law extends the age from 16 to the age of 18 for mandatory attendance in school.

This new law affects all students under the age of 11 as of December 1, 2010. There is an opt-out component at this time. So a parent, even one of a public school student, has the option of opting-out and allowing their 16 year olds to pursue other interests.

Even though this law contains the opt-out feature, Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) did not support this legislation. HSLDA felt it was another encroachment on parent’s rights to control their children’s education. They still have concern that in years to come the law will be changed to remove the opt-out feature.

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Written by:
Susan Harris News Editor

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