Ranjit S. Dhindsa, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Cassandra Abdelmeguid; Adela M. Acosta; Stuart M. Bounds, Ph.D.; Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D.; John Carroll Byrnes; Lisa C. Cox; Sharon W. Cox; John E. Deasy, Ph.D.; Nneka Dennie; Ranjit S. Dhindsa, Esq.; Carolyn S. Graham; Joe A. Hairston, Ed.D.; George E. Hohl; Eugene Peterson; Sherry A. Riggleman, Esq.; LaToya Ivory Simmons; Otha Edward Thornton, Jr.; Henry V. Wagner, Jr.

Appointed by Senate President: Nathaniel J. McFadden

Appointed by House Speaker: John A. Olszewski, Jr.

Ex officio: Ann E. Chafin, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Sheri M. Meisel, Ph.D., designee of Secretary of Juvenile Services.

Staff: Marcia K. Lathroum

c/o Division of Student, Family & School Support, State Dept. of Education
Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-0307
e-mail: mlathroum@msde.state.md.us

In July 2006, the Task Force to Study Raising the Compulsory Public School Attendance Age to 18 was authorized (Chapter 449, Acts of 2006). The Task Force commenced its work in November 2006, when it began to consider the impact of extending the compulsory public school attendance to age eighteen. Through this process, it gathered and reviewed data on extended learning opportunities for teens between the ages of 15 and 18; and examined the adequacy of facilities, staffs, programming, instructional time, and resources to accomodate such a change. The Task Force also projected the impact on student attendance and academic achievement, and assessed the fiscal and social benefits to students and the State of raising the compulsory school attendance age.

On December 1, 2007, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor and General Assembly. Authorization for the Task Force expired December 31, 2007.

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