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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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