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Tennessee Compulsory Education Laws

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Code Section49-6-3001, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is RequiredBetween 6 and 17 inclusive
Exceptions to Attendance RequirementsChild has graduated high school or has GED; physical/mental incapacity; mentally or physically incapacitated to perform school duties; child is 17 and conduct is detrimental to good order and benefit of other children; home school or nonpublic school instruction
Home School ProvisionsApproved by local education agency; teacher/parent must have at least GED for teaching K-8, baccalaureate degree for 9-12; give notice; maintain records; at least 4 hours per day; standardized tests taken; parents associated with church-related school organizations exempt from requirements
Penalties on Parents for NoncomplianceAfter notice and failure to comply, judge may fine up to $50 or 5 hours community service; class C misdemeanor

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