Compulsory education laws require parents to have their children attend public, private, or parochial school for a designated period. Each state determines both the start and end time duration and generally requires children to begin school at the age range of five to seven years and end at the age of sixteen or seventeen. Some parental rights and responsibilities around educating children of a certain age were born out of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. This section focuses on the history and development of compulsory education laws, also known as compulsory attendance laws, and provides an overview of court case exemptions. Click on the links below to learn more.
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