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Compulsory Education Laws By State & Age

By 1918, every state had some form of a compulsory attendance law on the books.

Homeschooling and Unschooling are completely legal since becoming legally recognized in 1993 in all 50 states!

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." ~ William Pitt

What age are kids legally required to register for school?

Alabama | 6 - 17 yo

Alaska | 7 - 16 yo

Arizona | 6 - 16 yo

Arkansas | 5 - 17 yo

California | 6 - 18 yo

Colorado | 6 - 16 yo

Connecticut | 5 - 18 yo (school officials are permitted to pursue criminal charges and fines of parents if their children are not attending school) Can you believe it?

Delaware | 5 - 16 yo

Florida | 5-6 - 16 yo

Georgia | 6 - 16 yo (with penalties including fines and/or prison (applicable to parents) for noncompliance) Does this sound like a good learning experience?

Hawaii | 5 - 18 yo

Idaho | 7 - 16 yo

Illinois | 7 - 16 yo

Indiana | 7 - 16 yo

Iowa | 6 - 16 yo

Kansas | 7 - 18 yo

Kentucky | 6 - 18 yo

Louisiana | 6 - 18 yo

Maine | 7 - 17 yo

Maryland | 5 - 17 yo

Massachusetts | 6 - 16 yo

Michigan | 6 - 16 yo

Minnesota | 7 - 16 yo

Mississippi | 6 - 17 yo

Missouri | 7 - 16 yo

Montana | 7 - 16 yo

Nebraska | 7 - 16 yo

Nevada | 7 - 18 yo

New Hampshire | 6 - 18 yo

New Jersey | 6 - 16 yo

Pennsylvania | 8 - 17 yo (Philadelphia = 6 yo)

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Countries

Canada | 5 yo - 16-18 yo (Education is compulsory up to the age of 16 in every province in Canada, except for Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, where the compulsory age is 18)

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