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    Exclamation Guidelines for Dropping Out of School

    My question involves juvenile law in the State of: Pennsylvania

    I am 17 years old and am looking to drop out of high school. My parents tell me that they will call the police on me if I don't go but, the legal age to drop out without parental consent is 17. My parent's argument is that since I am not emancipated they get to decide what I do. I am looking for the legal determination for this scenario, not a lecture on how I should live my life (while in school I was ranked 3 in my class and in all honors or advanced placement classes, after much thought i have decided to pursue different endeavors in my life).

    Thanks for any help and please cite sources if possible

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    Default Re: Guidelines for Dropping Out of School

    Your parents are right. Since you are under 18 and not living on your own and supporting yourself (which, btw, you cannot do without permission) they get to make the rules. If one of the rules is that you don't drop out of school, then you don't drop out of school EVEN IF it's permitted by law.

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    Default Re: Guidelines for Dropping Out of School

    well, ya got a couple different issue coming together here.

    Yes, the state does not mandate a child 17 or over attend school

    a child under 18 is under the control of their parent


    You do not have the ability to withdraw from school because you are a minor. So, can your parents force you to go to school? Not really. Do they have to provide you with anything other than rice, beans, a roof over your head, and a very minimal supply of clothing that just happens to make you look like you just came from the 1970's? No.

    If push come to shove, you have this to be concerned with:


    The Juvenile Court Act (42 Pa.C.S. Sec. 6301 et seq.) offers as one element of the
    definition of a Dependent Child the following: A child who has committed a
    specific act or acts of habitual disobedience of the reasonable and lawful
    commands of his/her parent, guardian, or other custodian and who is
    ungovernable and found to be in need of care, treatment or supervision.
    so, given you are so smart, I hope you understand that at 17, you really are not in charge here.


    Oh, btw: other suggestions on how to treat an incorrigible child are:

    no cellphone
    no computer
    no access to internet
    a strict curfew
    no door on your bedroom
    GPS tether

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    I am looking for the legal determination for this scenario, not a lecture on how I should life my life (while in school I was ranked 3 in my class and in all honors or advanced placement classes, after much thought i have decided to pursue different endeavors in my life).
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    You're going to get one anyway.

    Given your intelligence and the current state of the economy and the forecast for the economy for the next decade, I would hope you are smart enough to realize that attending college is what you should be looking to. Unless you are the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or some similar wiz kid that stunned the world through invention, you will need college.

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