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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 14, 2015 04:26 PM
From: Representative Will Tallman
To: All House members
Subject: Compulsory School Age
It has become necessary because of the recent Supreme Court Decision Commonwealth vs. Kerstetter, to put into even more plain English that even judges can read, that compulsory school age does not start until age 8.

It has always been interpreted by both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and lower courts that compulsory school age started at age 8. The general public always assumed that the compulsory age began at age 8.

I also believe that this decision will have a direct impact on parental rights. I believe most parents will know the appropriate age for their child to start school. It will not be the same for every child.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this bill that protects parental rights and establishes for certainty, and has been practiced throughout the Commonwealth that the compulsory school age starts at age 8.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation please contact Carol Hoffman at choffman@pahousegop.com or by phone at (717) 783-8875.

Introduced as HB1156