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Employment Related Provisions in State Compulsory School Attendance Laws - January 1, 2008

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Table of Employment Related Provisions in State Compulsory School Attendance Laws By State

State

Age of Required School Attendance

Exemptions 1/ Employed

High School Graduate

from

to

Age

Completion of Grade

Alabama

7
 


3

16
 


21

legally and regularly employed under child labor law.

for special education students.

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X

Alaska

7

16

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X

Arizona

6

16

14 with parental consent and gainfully employed.

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Arkansas

5

17 must complete school year

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X

California

6

18

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X

Colorado

7

16

has current age and school certificate or work permit.

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X

Connecticut

5

18

16  with parental consent.

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Delaware

5

16

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District of Columbia

5

18

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Florida

6

17

may terminate attended at 16 with parental consent.

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Georgia

6

16

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X

Hawaii

6

18

15

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X

Idaho

7

16

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Illinois

7

17

employed and excused by school official.

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---

Indiana

7

18

16 with consent of parent and principal

14 if a parent agrees and State Labor bureau issues a certificate.

Must go back to school within 5 days of termination of employment for which certificate issued.

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X

Iowa

6

16

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X

Kansas

7

18

17 or 16 with parental consent

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---

Kentucky

6

16

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X

Louisiana

7

18 or
17 with parental consent

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X

Maine

7

17

15 or

9

X

Maryland

5

16

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Massachusetts

6

16

14

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Michigan

6

16

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---

Minnesota

7

16

---

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X

Mississippi

6

17

5 years of age if in public kindergarten.

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Missouri

7

16

14

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Montana

7

16 or
completion of 8th grade, whichever is later

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Nebraska

7

18

14 and

16 with parental consent; special legislation for home schooling.

8

 

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X

Nevada

7

17

14 and

excused by board of trustees.
14 if work is necessary for own or parents' support.

8

 

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X

New Hampshire

6

16

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New Jersey

6

16

---

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---

New Mexico

5, or 8 if parents and school board agree

high school graduate or 17 if excused by school board and employed in a gainful trade or occupation or child is in alternative schooling with parental consent.

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X

New York

6

17 in cities with 4,500 or more population and union-free school districts, otherwise 16 if approved by local school board


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X

North Carolina

7

16

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North Dakota

7

16

necessary to support of family.

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X

Ohio

6

18

16 with parents' and superintendents permission.

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X

Oklahoma

5

18 or
16 if excused by written joint agreement

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X

Oregon

7

18 or excused by district school board;
16 with consent of school administration and parent;

21 for a child with a disability

16

---

X

Pennsylvania

8

17

16 if regularly engaged in employment with a certificate.

15 in farm work or domestic service in private home with permit.
Or, 14 employed as above if completed elementary school with permit recommended by district superintendent of schools or principal of private school.

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X

Rhode Island

6

18

16 with written parental consent.

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South Carolina

5

17

16
further attendance is determined by court to be disruptive, unproductive or not in best interest of child.

8th grade completed and
employment is necessary for maintenance of home

X

South Dakota

6

16 or
completion of 8th grade if member of certain religious organizations

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Tennessee

6

18th birthday

---

local exemptions at 17th birthday for discipline problems

X

Texas

6

18

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Utah

6

18

16 and 8th grade completed.

home schooled minors has exempt from attendance

8th for employment purposes

X

Vermont

6

16

15 and completed 6th grade and services needed for support of family.

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---

Virginia

5

18

exempt any pupil with parent's consent along with that of  principal or superintendent or a court which believes the minor cannot benefit from education at school.

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X

Washington

8

18
16 and parent agrees that child should not be required to attend, or child is emancipated, or child has received certificate of competence.

16

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X and age 16

West Virginia

6

16

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X

Wisconsin

6

18

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X

Wyoming

7

16

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1Nearly all States exempt those whose physical or mental condition precludes attendance. Other exemptions not directly related to employment include those because of distance from school or school transportation; expulsion, suspension or determined to be disruptive; marriage; excused by court or judge; and receiving religious education.

Prepared By:

Office of Performance, Budget, and Departmental Liaison
Wage and Hour Division
Employment Standards Administration
U.S. Department of Labor

This document was last revised in December 2007; unless otherwise stated, the information reflects requirements that were in effect, or would take effect, as of January 1, 2008.