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Oregon Compulsory Education Laws

to maintain an educated work force (one that is more likely to contribute to the economy), each state has laws requiring children of a certain age to attend school on a full-time basis. State laws allow for options such as private, religious, or home schooling. These compulsory education laws often hold parents or guardians responsible for a child's school attendance, and may prosecute parents for noncompliance. States typically provide a baseline of standards and other regulations to which the parents of home schooled children must adhere.

Overview of Oregon Compulsory Education Law

The state of Oregon requires children between the ages of seven and 18 to attend school, with a few exceptions. For instance, a child younger than 18 who has graduated is exempt, as are children 16 and older who are employed or who are emancipated from their parents. Noncompliance with the school attendance requirement usually triggers a written notice to the parent, the first step in the administrative process. But if parents do not remedy the situation, they could face up to $500 in fines for each violation.

Learn more about Oregon's compulsory education laws, including exemptions, in the following chart.

Code Section 339.005, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is Required Between 7 and 18
Exceptions to Attendance Requirements Child has completed 12th grade; attending private school; proof of equivalent knowledge of subjects through 12th grade; children taught by parent or private teacher; over 16 and lawfully employed; child is emancipated; child is employed
Home School Provisions Give notice to superintendent and notice must be acknowledged by him; annual examination given and results submitted to superintendent; if insufficient score, student may be ordered to attend public school
Penalties for Parents for Noncompliance Written notice to parent given; upon noncompliance, district superintendent notified; if not resolved through school administration, the superindendent may refer the matter to the state, which may charge the parents with a Class C violation (up to $500 fine)

Note: State laws are always changing, usually through the the passage of new legislation or decisions by state or federal appeals courts. Make sure you contact an Oregon education law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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