Florida Compulsory Education Laws
Every state requires children of a certain age to obtain a formal education, whether it's public school, private school, home school, or something else. Florida compulsory education laws require kids between the ages of six and 16 (younger with a high school diploma) to attend school. Exceptions include those children with a certificate of exception granted by the district school superintendent. A Florida superintendent may also pursue criminal prosecution on parents for non-enrollment of a child.
Learn more about Florida compulsory education laws in the table below. See FindLaw's Compulsory Education section for related articles.
|Code Section||1003.21, et seq.|
|Age at Which School Attendance is Required||Between 6 and 16|
|Exceptions to Attendance Requirements||Certificate of exception granted by the district school superintendent|
|Home School Provisions||Notify superintendent of schools, maintain a portfolio of records and materials, and evaluate education annually, including a national student achievement test or other method of evaluation|
|Penalties on Parents for Noncompliance||Non-enrollment: superintendent shall begin criminal prosecution; refusing to have child attend regularly is second degree misdemeanor|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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