State laws regulate public education in a number of different ways, including curriculum standards and how schools are funded. While these laws don't vary too much one state to the next, there are some notable differences in some areas. For example, Missouri law allows teachers and administrators to use some forms of discipline in public schools (like spanking), which has become less common throughout the country. But like most other states, Missouri requires young people to attend school. Here, a child must enrolled in school from ages 7-16. Click on the links below to learn more about Missouri education laws.