Q: is it possible for say a judge to force someone who is 17 years old to go to school
A: See: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/rules-for-students/attendance
Also see: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/pps/educationalneglect/
"Per Part One of Article 65 of the New York State Education Law, Section 3205(1)(c), the following age requirements apply:
A child must attend full time instruction from the first day school is in session in September if he/she turns six years old on or before the first day of December of that school year. Please note: The school year begins on July 1st and runs through June 30th.
A child who becomes six years old after the first of December must attend full time instruction from the first day school is in session in the following September.
A child must attend full time instruction until the last day of session in the school year in which the minor becomes 16 years of age. New York State Education Law, §3205(3), provides that the board of education in a school district may require minors from 16 to 17 years of age, who are not employed, to attend full time day instruction until the last day of the session in the school year in which the student becomes 17 years old.
A child who has completed a four year high-school course of study is not required to attend school regardless of age.
A child who has applied and is eligible for a full-time employment certificate may be permitted to attend school part-time not less than 20 hours per week."
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