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HB 88: "An Act changing the minimum school age from six years of age to five years of age; providing that a five year old child is entitled to attend a public school kindergarten; changing the ages at which a child is required to attend public school; relating to provision of educational opportunities; and providing for an effective date."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 88                                                                                                       
01 "An Act changing the minimum school age from six years of age to five years                                             
02 of age; providing that a five year old child is entitled to attend a public school                                      
03 kindergarten; changing  the ages at which a child is required to attend public                                          
04 school; relating to provision of educational opportunities; and providing for an                                        
05 effective date."                                                                                                        
06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
07    * Section 1.  AS 14.03.070 is amended to read:                                                                       
08  Sec. 14.03.070.  SCHOOL AGE.  A child who is at least five [SIX] years of                                           
09 age before August 15 following the beginning of the school year, and who is under the                                   
10 age of 20 and has not completed the 12th grade, is of school age.                                                       
11    * Sec. 2.  AS 14.03.080(d) is amended to read:                                                                       
12     (d)  A child who is five years of age before August 15 following the beginning                                     
13 of the school year is entitled to [, AND WHO IS UNDER SCHOOL AGE, MAY]                                                
14 enter a public school kindergarten.                                                                                     
01    * Sec. 3.   AS 14.07.020(a)(12) is amended to read:                                                                  
02     (12)  provide educational opportunities in the areas of vocational                                                 
03 education and training, and basic education to individuals over 18  [16] years of age                                 
04 who are no longer attending school;                                                                                     
05    * Sec. 4.  AS 14.30.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                       
06  (a)  Every child who is at least five years of age before August 15 following                                        
07 the beginning of the school year and not more than 18 [BETWEEN SEVEN AND                                               
08 16] years of age shall attend school at the public school in the district in which the                                  
09 child resides during each school term.  Every parent, guardian or other person having                                   
10 the responsibility for or control of a child who is at least five years of age before                                  
11 August 15 following the beginning of the school year and not more than 18                                              
12 [BETWEEN SEVEN AND 16] years of age shall maintain the child in attendance at                                           
13 a public school in the district in which the child resides during the entire school term,                               
14 except as provided in (b) of this section.                                                                              
15    * Sec. 5.  This Act takes effect July 1, 1995.