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AHEM’s position on federal homeschooling legislation AHEM’s philosophy is to strengthen the grassroots presence of homeschoolers, as our voices are strongest at the local and state level. It follows that it is wise to keep home-schooling out of federal law as much as possible to avoid further regulation and to keep the local, grassroots strength of homeschooling alive.

Legislative Issues

State legislation that could affect homeschoolers in Massachusetts.

Legislative Update – April 2017

Below is a summary of bills filed so far this session that are of interest to Massachusetts homeschoolers. At this time no action needs to be taken on any of these bills. AHEM will continue to monitor these and any additional bills that may be filed during the 190th Session that could affect homeschooling in Massachusetts.

Bill concerning MCAS


H276
AN ACT RELATIVE TO NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT ACCESS TO THE MCAS EXAM
Bradley H. Jones
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
4/13/2017        Joint Hearing
Summary: Would direct the DESE to issue a report on the feasibility and costs associated with non-public school students in grade 10 voluntarily taking the MCAS.
AHEM position: Neutral.

H319
AN ACT RELATIVE TO NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT ACCESS TO THE MCAS EXAM
Alan Silvia
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
4/13/2017        Joint Hearing
Summary: Would direct the DESE to issue a report on the feasibility and costs associated with non-public school students in grade 10 voluntarily taking the MCAS.
AHEM position: Neutral.

Bills regarding minimum age of attendance and kindergarten

H2013
AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Antonio F. D. Cabral
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
Summary: Would make kindergarten full-day and mandatory.
AHEM position: Opposed.

H2056
AN ACT RELATIVE TO DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
Alice Hanlon Peisch
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
Summary: Would make kindergarten mandatory.
AHEM position: Opposed.

H2061
AN ACT ESTABLISHING UNIVERSAL EARLY EDUCATION AND FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Frank I. Smizik
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
Summary: Would create universal pre-kindergarten.
AHEM position: Opposed.

H2843
AN ACT RELATIVE TO UNIVERSAL FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Marjorie C. Decker
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
Summary: Would require schools to offer full-day kindergarten.

AHEM position: Opposed.

Bills raising the mandatory attendance age


H2015
AN ACT TO REQUIRE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE UP TO AGE EIGHTEEN OR UNTIL GRADUATION
Antonio F. D. Cabral
1/23/2017        House  Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        Senate Senate concurred
Summary: Would raise the age of compulsory attendance to "18, having completed at least the twelfth grade or whichever comes first."

AHEM position: Opposed.

S222
AN ACT RELATIVE TO DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
Sonia Chang-Diaz
1/23/2017        Referred to the committee on Education
1/23/2017        House concurred
4/10/2017        Joint    Hearing 04/13/2017
Summary: Raises the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.
AHEM position: Opposed.

Legislative Update – January 2017

Our Massachusetts Legislature began its 190th session on January 4, 2017. Several bills affecting school attendance age that died during the189th session have been resurrected in a flurry of new filings. Below is a summary of bills filed so far this session that are of interest to Massachusetts homeschoolers – most are still in the Docket stage. At this time no action needs to be taken on any of these bills. AHEM will continue to monitor these and any additional bills that may be filed during the 190th Session that could affect homeschooling in Massachusetts.

Bill concerning MCAS


HD2045
AN ACT RELATIVE TO NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT ACCESS TO THE MCAS EXAM
Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

Bills regarding minimum age of attendance and kindergarten

HD660
AN ACT RELATIVE TO CHANGING THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT FOR KINDERGARTEN
Brian M. Ashe

HD2475
AN ACT TO IMPLEMENT FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Antonio F. D. Cabral

HD2743
AN ACT ESTABLISHING UNIVERSAL EARLY EDUCATION AND FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Frank I. Smizik

HD3526
An Act to expand universal pre-kindergarten
Antonio Cabral

HD3571
An Act relative to universal full-day kindergarten
Marjorie C. Decker

Bills raising the mandatory attendance age


HD2493
AN ACT TO REQUIRE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE UP TO AGE EIGHTEEN OR UNTIL GRADUATION
Antonio F. D. Cabral

SD1861
AN ACT RELATIVE TO DROPOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
Sonia Chang-Diaz
Section 1B of chapter 69 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “attendance”, in line 120, the following words:- ; provided, however, that all children under the age of 18 shall be required to 6 attend school if they have not graduated from high school.
Summary: Raises the compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18.
AHEM position: Opposed.