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2005 House Bill 4278: Prohibit mandatory volunteering for graduation
  1. Introduced by Rep. Robert Gosselin (R) on February 15, 2005, to prohibit school districts from requiring high school students to perform mandatory community or “volunteer” service as a condition of graduation.
    • Referred to the House Education Committee on February 15, 2005.
      • Reported in the House on November 9, 2005, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-7) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on February 16, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that does not prohibit "community service" as a high school graduation requirement. Instead, the bill would only allow a parent to appeal a school's interpretation of "community service" when there is a misunderstanding or disagreement about what kind of volunteer work would fulfill the requirement. However, the substitute creates no requiement for the board to do anything but hear the appeal. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 16, 2006.
  2. Passed 60 to 43 in the House on February 21, 2006, to require school districts that require high school students to perform mandatory “volunteer” service as a condition of graduation to allow a parent to appeal the school's interpretation of "community service" when there is a misunderstanding or disagreement about what kind of volunteer work would fulfill the requirement. However, the bill creates no requiement for the board to do anything but hear the appeal.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on February 22, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Education Committee on February 22, 2006.

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