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Alabama Compulsory Education Laws

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Code Section16-28-1, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is RequiredBetween 7 and 16
Exceptions to Attendance RequirementsChurch school students; child privately tutored by certified instructor; child whose physical/mental condition prevents attendance; child would be compelled to walk over 2 miles to attend public school; child legally and regularly employed; children over 16 who have completed public school course of study
Home School ProvisionsExempted from Chapter 46 regulating certain schools and courses of instruction (§§16-46-1, et seq.)
Penalties on Parents for NoncomplianceMisdemeanor: Fine up to $100 and possibly up to 90 days hard labor for the county

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