AN ACT TO RAISE THE COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AGE TO EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD.
Amends GS 115C-378 to change the compulsory school attendance age to between seven and 18 (was, 16) years old. Clarifies that this is unless the child graduates from high school. Makes conforming changes to GS 115C-238.66 (applicable to regional schools); and GS 116-235 (applicable to NC School of Science and Math); GS 116-239.8 (applicable to laboratory schools). Amends GS 7B-1501 and GS 143B-805 by amending the definition of an undisciplined juvenile to be a juvenile less than age 18 (was, 16), but at least six who is unlawfully absent from school; makes conforming changes. Repeals Section 8.21 of SL 2016-94, which established a pilot program pursuant to increase the high school dropout age from 16 to 18. Applies beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
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