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State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2010
HOUSE BILL NO. 1168
Introduced by: Representatives Noem, Bolin, Cronin, Faehn, Frerichs, Greenfield, Jensen,
Killer, Kirkeby, Kirschman, Kopp, Lederman, Olson (Betty), Rausch, Rave,
Romkema, Russell, Schrempp, Solum, Turbiville, Vanneman, and Verchio
and Senators Howie, Peterson, Rhoden, and Schmidt
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to require children to attend school until age sixteen rather
than age eighteen.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 13-27-1 be amended to read as follows:
13-27-1. (Text of section effective July 1, 2010) Any person having control of a child, who
is not younger than five or older than six years old by the first day of September, or any child
who, by the first day of September, is at least six years old, but who has not exceeded the age
, shall cause the child to regularly attend some public or nonpublic school for
the entire term during which the public school in the district in which the person resides, or the
school to which the child is assigned to attend, is in session, until the child reaches the age of
years, unless the child has graduated or is excused as provided in this chapter.
However, the requirements of this section are met if a child who is at least sixteen years of age
enrolls in a general education development test preparation program that is school-based or for
which a school contracts and the child successfully completes the test or reaches the age of
A child is eligible to enroll in a school-based or school-contracted general education
development test preparation program or take the general education development test if the child
is sixteen or seventeen years of age, and the child presents written permission from the child's
parent or guardian and one of the following:
(1) Verification from a school administrator that the child will not graduate with the
child's cohort class because of credit deficiency;
(2) Authorization from a court services officer;
(3) A court order requiring the child to enter the program;
(4) Verification that the child is under the direction of the Department of Corrections;
(5) Verification that the child is enrolled in Job Corps as authorized by Title I-C of the
Workforce Investment Act of 1998, as amended to January 1, 2009.
Any child who is sixteen or seventeen years of age and who completes the general education
development test preparation program may take the general education development test
immediately following release from the school program or when ordered to take the test by a
court. Any such child who fails to successfully complete the test shall re-enroll in the school
district and may continue the general education development preparation program or other
suitable program as determined by the school district.
All children shall attend kindergarten prior to age seven. Any child who transfers from
another state may proceed in a continuous educational program without interruption if the child
has not previously attended kindergarten.