HB 170

  • Delaware House Bill
  • 150th General Assembly (2019-2020)
  • Introduced in House May 30, 2019
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

An Act To Amend The Delaware Code Relating To School Attendance.


This Act increases the age requirement for compulsory school attendance in Delaware from 16 to 18 years of age. The age increase is phased in over a 2-year period; accordingly, there is a 1-year interim period where the compulsory school attendance age requirement will be 17 years of age. The Act further provides that a child may be exempt from the age requirement for compulsory school attendance if the child has received a high school diploma or a diploma of alternate achievement standards or obtains permission to withdraw from school from the superintendent of the district in which the child is enrolled or from the president of the board of the charter school in which the child is enrolled. To obtain a waiver from the date of enactment of this Act until August 31, 2022, a child must be at least 16 years old. To obtain a waiver on or after September 1, 2022, a child must be at least 17 years old. The Act preserves the exemption under which a child may be excused from compulsory attendance upon request of the child's parent or legal guardian coupled with supporting written documentation from a qualified health professional.

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Jun 26, 2019


Reported Out of Committee (Education) in House with 1 Favorable, 9 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage

May 30, 2019


Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee

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