Section 1B of chapter 69 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking lines 111 to 114, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
The board shall promulgate regulations establishing the mandatory ages for school attendance, including the minimum and maximum permissible ages for school attendance, provided that each child shall be required to attend an approved kindergarten program in a public or private setting or in a community-based program licensed by the department of early education and care. Said regulations shall include mandatory attendance guidelines necessary for kindergarten completion. Said regulations shall include a process for school districts or Commonwealth charter schools to provide exemptions for advanced students to attend school beginning in first grade. Said regulations shall also address the types of alternative education programs or settings that are suitable for individuals who exceed the maximum permissible age of attendance who do not have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
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