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120A.20 ADMISSION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL.
    Subdivision 1. Age limitations; pupils. (a) All schools supported in whole or in part by
state funds are public schools. Admission to a public school is free to any person who: (1)
resides within the district that operates the school; (2) is under 21 years of age or who meets
the requirements of paragraph (c); and (3) satisfies the minimum age requirements imposed
by this section. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law to the contrary, the conduct of all
students under 21 years of age attending a public secondary school is governed by a single set of
reasonable rules and regulations promulgated by the school board.
(b) A person shall not be admitted to a public school (1) as a kindergarten pupil, unless the
pupil is at least five years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year for
which the pupil seeks admission commences; or (2) as a 1st grade student, unless the pupil is at
least six years of age on September 1 of the calendar year in which the school year for which the
pupil seeks admission commences or has completed kindergarten; except that any school board
may establish a policy for admission of selected pupils at an earlier age.
(c) A pupil who becomes age 21 after enrollment is eligible for continued free public school
enrollment until at least one of the following occurs: (1) the first September 1 after the pupil's 21st
birthday; (2) the pupil's completion of the graduation requirements; (3) the pupil's withdrawal
with no subsequent enrollment within 21 calendar days; or (4) the end of the school year.
    Subd. 2. Education and residence of homeless. (a) Notwithstanding subdivision 1, a district
must not deny free admission to a homeless person of school age solely because the district
cannot determine that the person is a resident of the district.
(b) The school district of residence for a homeless person of school age shall be the school
district in which the homeless shelter or other program, center, or facility assisting the homeless
person is located. The educational services a school district provides to a homeless person must
allow the person to work toward meeting the graduation standards under section 120B.02.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 2006 c 263 art 1 s 17]
History: Ex1959 c 71 art 1 s 6; 1967 c 173 s 1; 1974 c 529 s 1; 1984 c 463 art 5 s 2;
1Sp1985 c 12 art 7 s 2; 1987 c 258 s 12; 1988 c 718 art 6 s 1; 1989 c 246 s 2; 1989 c 329 art 7
s 1; 1993 c 224 art 4 s 7; 1996 c 412 art 13 s 3; 1998 c 397 art 1 s 7,8,58; art 11 s 3; 1998 c
398 art 2 s 3; 2006 c 263 art 1 s 1