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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Enumeration Statute

In the state of Connecticut, school districts and other state agencies that have jurisdiction over children must periodically count the number of kids of compulsory school age. This includes homeschooled children. So, if you are a homeschooling parent and you receive a letter from the local school (or from some other child-related agency) asking for vital statistical data about your children, you must comply or face a $25.00 fine.

Here are the actual statutes for your perusal:
Section 10-249. Enumeration of children of compulsory school age in school districts and by state departments having jurisdiction over such children. (a) the board of education for each local and regional school district shall annually determine by age the number of children of compulsory school age who reside within the jurisdiction of such school district as of January first of each year. Such determination shall be made by (1) enumeration of each such child individually or (2) any reasonable means of accounting approved by the Commissioner of Education.

(b) If any child of compulsory school age is not attending school within the jurisdiction of the board of education of a local or regional school district, the superintendent of schools of the district shall make a reasonable effort to ascertain the reason for such nonattendance. If such child is employed at labor, the superintendent of schools shall make a reasonable effort to ascertain the name and address of such child’s employer or of the establishment where such child is employed. Returns shall be made to the board of education on or before the fifteenth day of May. Any state, local or other public agency shall, upon request by the superintendent of schools, provide such information as may be reasonably required for the purposes of this section.

(c) Each state department shall report periodically to the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as he shall prescribe, the name and address of the most recent residence within the state for each child of compulsory school age under the jurisdiction of such department. The commissioner shall provide such information to the superintendent of schools of the local or regional school district wherein such child is indicated to have most recently resided.

Section 10-251. Penalty for refusing to give age of child. Any person having control of a child under twenty-one years of age who willfully refuses to give the name and age of such child, and such information concerning the school attendance of such child as this chapter requires, shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars.

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