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Pa. court: Truancy law applies to kindergarten

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 16, 2014 7:46 PM
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(Harrisburg) --  The state Supreme Court has ruled that parents who enroll their children in kindergarten in Pennsylvania are subject to the state's compulsory attendance law.

The case involved a Snyder County woman who was fined because her twin five-year-old daughters had accumulated several unexcused absences.

Jennifer Kerstetter argued since kindergarten is not mandatory in Pennsylvania, truancy law doesn't apply.

But the court has ruled once parents "opt in'' to the public school system by enrolling their children in kindergarten, they are obligated to send their kids to school.

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