Time to end required attendance

Lansing — Republican State Board of Education member Tom McMillin says Michigan should end its school attendance policies that broadly require parents to ensure their children are in class after the mass shooting at Oxford High School. With some exceptions, the longstanding compulsory attendance law requires parents and guardians to send […]

Lansing — Republican State Board of Education member Tom McMillin says Michigan should end its school attendance policies that broadly require parents to ensure their children are in class after the mass shooting at Oxford High School.

With some exceptions, the longstanding compulsory attendance law requires parents and guardians to send their students to school during the school year. Repealing the law would mark a dramatic and unlikely overhaul of Michigan public education, funding for which is currently based on attendance numbers.

On Monday, McMillin, a former conservative state House member from Oakland Township, contended that parents who are concerned about their children’s mental health shouldn’t have to “worry about what the state thinks or truancy officers or anything.”

“As I said, if they need to take their child out for a week, a month, a year and do whatever they want with education while focusing on their child’s mental health, then they should do it,” McMillin said. “And I’ve seen that the pressures of school requirements can bear down on kids with mental health problems and their parents.”

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