Senate File 135 - Introduced SENATE FILE 135 BY QUIRMBACH A BILL FOR An Act relating to the compulsory age of attendance and to 1 sanctions for failure to attend school. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1502XS (4) 87 kh/jh/rj
S.F. 135 Section 1. Section 299.1A, subsection 1, Code 2017, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. Except as provided in subsections 2 and 3 , a child 3 who has reached the age of six and is under sixteen eighteen 4 years of age by September 15 is of compulsory attendance age. 5 However, if a child enrolled in a school district or accredited 6 nonpublic school reaches the age of sixteen eighteen on or 7 after September 15, the child remains of compulsory age until 8 the end of the regular school calendar. 9 Sec. 2. STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED. In accordance 10 with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring 11 compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall 12 be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid 13 received by the school district under section 257.16. This 14 specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed 15 to meet all of the state funding-related requirements of 16 section 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding 17 shall be necessary for the full implementation of this Act 18 by and enforcement of this Act against all affected school 19 districts. 20 EXPLANATION 21 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 22 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 23 This bill relates to compulsory attendance age of secondary 24 school students and sanctions for nonattendance. 25 The bill raises the compulsory school attendance age from 26 16 to 18, and therefore the driver’s license sanctions of Code 27 section 299.1B apply to such a person. Under Code section 28 299.1B, a person who is of compulsory attendance age who does 29 not meet exception under Code section 299.2, does not attend 30 a public school or an accredited nonpublic school, is not 31 receiving competent private instruction or independent private 32 instruction, and who does not attend an alternative school or 33 adult education classes, shall not receive an intermediate or 34 full driver’s license until age 18. 35 -1- LSB 1502XS (4) 87 kh/jh/rj 1/ 2
S.F. 135 The bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code 1 section 25B.3. The bill requires that the state cost of 2 any state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school 3 district from state school foundation aid received by the 4 school district under Code section 257.16. The specification 5 is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state mandate 6 funding-related requirements of Code section 25B.2. The 7 inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate the 8 requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any state 9 mandates included in the bill. 10 -2- LSB 1502XS (4) 87 kh/jh/rj 2/ 2