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Mississippi Compulsory Education Laws

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Code Section37-13-91
Age at Which School Attendance is RequiredBetween 6 and 17
Exceptions to Attendance RequirementsChild is physically/mentally/emotionally incapable of attendance; child enrolled in special or remedial type education; educated in legitimate home instruction program
Home School ProvisionsParent must file a "certificate of enrollment" and education must be a "legitimate home instruction program."
Penalties on Parents for NoncomplianceGuilty of "contributing to the neglect of a child" and punished according to §97-5-39: misdemeanor with fine up to $1000 and/or up to 1 year in jail

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