PRINTER'S NO. 783
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
642
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY L. WILLIAMS, BREWSTER, BROWNE, COSTA, FARNESE,
FONTANA, HUGHES, KEARNEY, MUTH, SCHWANK AND TARTAGLIONE,
MAY 13, 2019
REFERRED TO EDUCATION, MAY 13, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in pupils and attendance, further
providing for definitions; and, in school districts of the
first class, further providing for board of public education
and additional duties.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The definition of "compulsory school age" in
section 1326 of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended to read:
Section 1326. Definitions.--When used in this article, the
following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
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"Compulsory school age" shall mean the period of a child's
life from the time the child's parents elect to have the child
enter school and which shall be no later than [eight (8)] six
(6) years of age until the child reaches [seventeen (17)]
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eighteen (18) years of age. The term does not include a child
who holds a certificate of graduation from a regularly
accredited, licensed, registered or approved high school.
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Section 2. Section 2103(8) of the act is amended to read:
Section 2103. Board of Public Education; Additional
Duties.--The duties of the board of public education in
districts of the first class, in addition to the duties
prescribed in this act, shall be--
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(8) Provided that, [notwithstanding the provisions of
section 1326,] the governing authority of the school district
[may] shall establish the compulsory school age at no earlier
than age six. The provisions of section 1326 shall continue to
apply to any student enrolled in a program under section 1327.1
or to any student whose parent or guardian files a notice with
the superintendent of the school district of the intention to
enroll the student in a program under section 1327.1.
Section 3. The amendment of the definition of "compulsory
school age" in section 1326 and section 2103(8) of the act shall
apply to academic years commencing after the effective date of
this section.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 90 days.
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