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State Status/Date Level Summary
CAVetoed 09/2014P-12Pupil Attendance Data
A.B. 1866
From bill summary: Subject to available state, federal, or private funding, requires the department of education to enhance the pupil attendance data system within the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System. Requires the periodic reports to loca...

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CASigned into law 09/2014P-12Transfer Pupils from Juvenile Court Schools
A.B. 2276
From bill summary: Requires a pupil who has had contact with the juvenile justice system to be immediately enrolled in a public school, in accordance with specified provisions. Requires a county office of education and county probation department to have a joi...

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OHSigned into law 06/2014P-12Release Time for Religious Instruction
H.B. 171
Permits public school students to attend and receive credit for released time courses in religious instruction conducted off school property during regular school hours. Provides that while attending a released time course in religious instruction, a student m...

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LATo governor 05/2014P-12Criteria for Admitting or Readmitting a K-12 Student
H.B. 407
Repeals existing provisions on criteria for admitting students. Requires that a local board grant admission or readmission to any student who lives within the school system's geographic boundaries; meets certain eligibility requirements for school admission, i...

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PASigned into law 04/2014P-12Acceptable Excuses from School Attendance
S.B. 267
Amends the Public School Code section concerning excuses from attending school. It adds to the list of acceptable excuses for a student not attending school that a school district may excuse a student from school attendance to participate in an educational tou...

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KYSigned into law 04/2014P-12Caregiver Ability to Make School-Related Decisions for a Minor
S.B. 176
Defines "caregiver" as adult [other than parent] with whom a minor resides. Directs caregiver to create an affidavit establishing the caregiver's ability to make school-related decisions for the minor. Specifies contents of the affidavit, including a statement...

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INSigned into law 03/2014P-12Excused Absences for State Fair Participation
S.B. 114
Allows school corporation (district) officials at public and nonpublic schools to authorize, for five school days or less in a school year, the absence and excuse of students if a student or a member of the student's household participates or exhibits in the s...

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ALSigned into law 03/2014P-12
Postsec.
Autonomy and Responsibilities of Nonpublic Schools
S.B. 38
Clarifies the autonomy of nonpublic schools, including private, church, parochial, and religious schools offering educational instruction in grades K-12, as well as home-schooled students, and otherwise establishes that such nonpublic schools are not subject t...

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NJSigned into law 01/2014P-12Transportation for Out-Of-District Children With a Family Crisis
A.B. 735
Permits a child who moves out of a school district due to a family crisis (domestic violence, sexual abuse, or other family crisis) to remain enrolled in that district until the end of the school year. Requires the school district to provide transportation if ...

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NJSigned into law 08/2013P-12Enrollment Notices to School Districts
A.B. 718
Requires the Department of Education to send notice to each school district twice a year reminding them that all students must be enrolled in accordance with all applicable statutes, laws, and regulations. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/PL13/151_.PDF ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Excused Absence for Students Who Are Parents
H.B. 455
Allows a student an excused absence from public school for taking the student's child to an appointment with a health care professional. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HB00455F.pdf#navpanes=0...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Excused Student Absences and Parent Deployment
S.B. 260
Requires a school district to excuse a student whose parent, stepparent, or legal guardian is an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Reserves, or National Guard and who has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from at l...

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ARSigned into law 04/2013P-12Truancy Officers
H.B. 1910
Provides that an education service cooperative may receive funding from a local law enforcement agency, state agency, or federal agency to employ one or more truancy officers for a school district with a high dropout rate.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assem...

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FLSigned into law 04/2013P-12Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
H.B. 7003
Repeals provisions relating to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children three years after the effective date of this act unless legislature reviews and reenacts. Requires that the annual dues assessment for the Interstate Compact...

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MSSigned into law 04/2013P-12School Attendance and Absenteeism
H.B. 1530
Amends existing law that a compulsory-school-age child who is absent more than 37% of the instructional day must be considered absent for the entire day.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2013/pdf/HB/1500-1599/HB1530SG.pdf ...

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IDSigned into law 03/2013P-12Alternative Secondary School Funding Formulas
H.B. 226
Amends current law for any alternative secondary school to have their full-term average daily attendance used to calculate support units for each cohort of students that meets the minimum instructional hours that are required. Support units so calculated shall...

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MTSigned into law 03/2013P-12Clarify In-district School Assignment Appeal Process
S.B. 356
Clarifies that a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of a child has a right to appeal the trustee's school assignment decision.
http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/billpdf/SB0356.pdf...

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KYSigned into law 03/2013P-12Enrollment of Nonresident Child of District Employee
H.B. 182
Permits SEEK funding to be distributed to a school that enrolls a nonresident pupil who attends a district in which the pupil's parent is employed. Permits all tuition fees required of a nonresident pupil to be waived for such a pupil. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/re...

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NJSigned into law 12/2012P-12Student Absences
A.B. 1902
Requires parent or guardian to notify school administrators if pupil will be absent. Requires school to notify parent in event of unexcused pupil absence.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/PL12/74_.PDF...

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NJSigned into law 12/2012P-12Education Costs for Students Living in Domestic Violence Shelters
A.B. 3164
Requires state to pay educational costs of students living in a domestic violence shelter or transitional living facility outside of the district of residence for more than one year. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/AL12/80_.PDF ...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Enrollment/Readmission of Student with Previous Contact with Juvenile Justice System
S.B. 1088
Prohibits a public school from denying enrollment or readmission to a pupil solely on the basis that he/she has had contact with the juvenile justice system. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1088_bill_20120919_chaptered.pdf...

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CASigned into law 07/2012P-12Residency Requirements for Foster Children
A.B. 1573
Provides a pupil who is a foster child who remains in his/her school of origin has met the residency requirements for school attendance (pre-existing requirements provided a student who is a foster child meets residency requirements if the student attends a sc...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Public Accountability Report Card at Student Enrollment
S.B. 316 - Public Accountability Report Card at Student Enrollment
Provides that when a student enrolls in a school operated by a school district, a school official with responsibility for admissions must provide the student's parent, during the admissions process, with a copy of the most recent public accountability report c...

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NHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Residency for Children of Divorced Parents
H.B. 1325
Revises the legal residency requirements for purposes of school attendance for children of divorced parents and children whose parents share decision making responsibility pursuant to a parenting plan.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1325.ht...

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MASigned into law 05/2012P-12Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
S.B. 2254
Provides definitions of military terms and provides that this legislation applies to active duty members of the uniformed services, members or veterans of the uniformed services who are severely injured and medically discharged or retired for a period of 1 yea...

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LAAdopted 05/2012P-12Louisiana Seat Time Waiver
LAC 28:CXV.907 and 1103
Amends 907, "Secondary Class Times and Carnegie Credit," and 1103, "Compulsory Attendance" to accommodate the newly developed Louisiana Seat Time Waiver (LSTW). 907 permits districts to submit applications to the department of education for a waiver of the ...

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VAVetoed 05/2012P-12Public Schools; Residency of Children in Kinship Care
S.B. 217
Allows a child receiving kinship care from a close relative to enroll in the school division where the kinship care provider resides. The bill also allows local school divisions to require one legal parent and the kinship care provider to sign affidavits detai...

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ILAdopted 05/2012P-12School Success Task Force Extended
H.J.R. 67
Extends the School Success Task Force established during the 96th General Assembly and adds a member to the Task Force representing City of Chicago School District 299. Directs the School Success Task Force to submit a report before December 31, 2012. http://w...

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AZSigned into law 05/2012P-12Average Daily Membership
S.B. 1456
Limits the window during which the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) can conduct Average Daily Membership (ADM) audits to three years from the time the monitoring or audit activity begins; Allows ADE to adjust funding for a school district or charter schoo...

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GASigned into law 05/2012P-12Attendance Records, Unexcused Absences
H.B. 39
Requires that declarations of intent and attendance records for home study programs be submitted to the department of education rather than local school superintendents; authorizes department to provide for electronic submittal of such records. Provides that n...

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MNSigned into law 04/2012P-12Residency Determination for Homeless Students
H.F. 2949
Provides clarification on the district of residence for a homeless pupil, such that the pupil resides in the district where the parent or guardian resides unless parental rights have been terminated, the parent lives out of state or is an inmate at a correctio...

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GASigned into law 04/2012P-12Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
S.B. 227
Adopts the "Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children." Provides for the purpose and policy of the compact. Provides for student educational records and enrollment, placement and attendance, eligibility, graduation, and state coordina...

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GASigned into law 04/2012P-12Age for Kindergarten or First Grade Entry for Children Moving from Abroad
H.B. 706 - Age for Kindergarten or First Grade Entry for Children Moving from Abroad
Clarifies that provisions for child's entry into kindergarten and 1st grade for a child who was a legal resident of one or more states two years immediately prior to moving to Georgia also apply to children residing in one or more countries two years immediate...

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NESigned into law 04/2012P-12Compulsory Attendance
L.B. 996
Changes provisions relating to compulsory attendance. Retains upper age of 16 but lays out an explicit process and requirements for early withdrawal by a parent.
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Slip/LB996.pdf...

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WYSigned into law 03/2012P-12Interstate Compact on Students of Military Families
S.F. 78
Provides for an interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children. Facilitates enrollment and placement of children of military families.
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2012/Enroll/SF0078.pdf...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12Excused Absence and Military Deployment
A.B. 387
From bill summary: Includes spending time with an immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support ...

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CASigned into law 10/2011P-12Documents to Demonstrate Residency
A.B. 207
From bill summary: Requires a school district to accept a wide range of documents and representations from the parent or legal guardian of a pupil living with his or her parent or legal guardian as reasonable evidence that the pupil meets specified residency r...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Children of Active Duty Parents
H.B. 2870
Provides that at the time of annual enrollment or at any time during the school year, a school district or a recognized non-public school serving any of grades K-12 must provide, either on its standard enrollment form or on a separate form, the opportunity for...

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ILSigned into law 08/2011P-12Stalking No Contact Orders
H.B. 192
Directs the court, when issuing a stalking no contact order, to weigh specified considerations when the petitioner and the respondent attend the same public or private K-12 school, including any continuing physical danger or emotional distress to the petitione...

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CASigned into law 07/2011P-12Conditional School Attendance in Absence of Pertussis Boosters
S.B. 614
Until June 30, 2012, allows a county office of education, district governing board or charter school governing body to allow a student in grades 7-12 to conditionally attend school for up to 30 days if that pupil
has not been fully immunized with all pertussis...

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CASigned into law 07/2011P-12County and Local School Attendance Review Boards
A.B. 614
From bill summary: Specifically requires a representative of school, county or community mental health personnel to be appointed to a county school attendance review board. Authorizes a representative of school, county or community mental health personnel to b...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Excused and Unexcused Absences
H.B. 6499 - Sec. 16, 18
Sec. 16 - Requires boards of education to provide written notice to parents that unexcused absences could result in a complaint filed with the Superior Court.
Sec. 18 - Requires the State Board of Education to define ''excused absence" and ''unexcused absence...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Establishes Truancy Clinic Pilot in Children's Probate Court
S.B. 982
Allows the Probate Court Administrator to, within available appropriations, establish a pilot truancy clinic within the regional children's probate court for the district of Waterbury. Provides that the principal of any elementary or middle school in the Water...

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INSigned into law 07/2011P-12Compulsory Attendance
S.B. 1--Attendance
Defines "attend" for purposes of the compulsory school attendance law. Requires school corporations to have a policy outlining both excused and unexcused absences. Bill indicates that attendance is excused only if it is in accordance with the governing body's ...

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PASigned into law 06/2011P-12Multiple Provisions - Enrollment
H.B. 1352
Section 1304 clarifies that districts must admit students during at least the first two weeks of school.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1352&pn=2227...

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ORSigned into law 06/2011P-12Attendance
H.B. 3197
Relating to school attendance. Requires school districts to adopt attendance notification policies and specifies the required elements. Provides options for partents to determine method of notification. Effective July 1, 2011.
http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/...

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NHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Student Residency Dispute Resolution
S.B. 37
Provides further detail on the procedure for resolving residency disputes. Excludes homeless children from the list of pupils whose residency can be determined by the commissioner of the department of education. Lengthens the time for determination of residenc...

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HISigned into law 06/2011P-12Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
H.B. 4
Makes permanent the interstate compact on educational opportunity for military children. Deletes the definition of ''test period". Deletes provisions relating to the furnishing of unofficial education records and the principal's determination of available spac...

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TXSigned into law 05/2011P-12Adjudication of Cases Regarding Failure to Attend School and Parent Contributing to Nonattendance
H.B. 734
From fiscal note: Generally, the criminal offenses of failure to attend school and parent contributing to nonattendance are adjudicated in justice and municipal courts. However, under current law, in counties with
populations of 2 million or more (Harris and D...

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ILAdopted 05/2011P-12School Success Task Force
H.J.R. 7
Extends the School Success Task Force established during the 96th General Assembly. Directs the task force to submit a report by December 31, 2011. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/97/HJR/PDF/09700HJ0007lv.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 05/2011P-12Responsibility for Truancy
S.B. 413
States that a parent, guardian or other person who has control of a truant student commits educational neglect. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 30.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB0413.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 05/2011P-12Attendance Laws Apply to Remedial Instruction
S.B. 414
States that attendance laws shall apply to remedial instruction for students who are determined to require such instruction, including summer school and after school programs.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB0414.pdf...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Foster Care Student Attending Court Proceedings
H.B. 314
Provides that a foster care student who attends court proceedings relating to the student's foster care must not be counted as an absence, excused or unexcused, for the day or any portion of the day missed from school. http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112...

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VTSigned into law 05/2011P-12Amends Compulsory School Ages
S.B. 100 - Compulsory School Age Provision
Among other provisions, changes the compulsory school age from 7-16 to 6-16.
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/Acts/ACT058.pdf...

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WVSigned into law 05/2011P-12Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
H.B. 2550
Enables West Virginia to participate as a member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Establishes the West Virginia Council for Educational Opportunity for Military Children for the purpose of coordinating entities in Wes...

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AZSigned into law 04/2011P-12Kindergarten
S.B. 1256--Kindergarten Finance
Arizona Revised Statute 15-821 is clarified. If a child who has not reached the age of five before September 1 of the current school year is admitted to kindergarten but withdraws and re-enroll the following year allows state age to be apportioned between the ...

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NDSigned into law 04/2011P-12Clarifies and Defines Attendance
S.B. 2226
Creates a new section that defines attendance (absence) (15.1 - 20 - 02.1).
1. To be deemed in attendance for purposes of this chapter, a student may not be absent from school without excuse for more than:
a. Three consecutive school days during either the f...

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ARSigned into law 03/2011P-12Special Arrangements for Truant Student
H.B. 1995
Authorizes parents to petition for special arrangments to address student absences prior to a student accumulating the maximum number of absences allowed under a district's attendance policy.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2011/2011R/Bills/HB1995.pdf...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
H.B. 1976
Adds a fifth citizen member to the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and specifies that such member must be a representative from a military installation in Virginia. Such representative is to be appoin...

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SDSigned into law 03/2011P-12Excusal
H.B. 1133
Amends statute to state that once a parent or guardian of a child files an application with a school official for excusal,
the child shall be excused, without the necessity of school board action, subject to revocation as provided in this chapter. School board...

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CASigned into law 10/2010P-12Truants
A.B. 1610 - Truants
Requires initial parental notification of child's status as truant to be made using the most cost-effective method possible, including e-mail or telephone. (Previous legislation required this notification to be made by first-class mail.)

Defines "conscientiou...

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CASigned into law 09/2010P-12Reporting Pupil Attendance Data
S.B. 1357
From bill summary: Requires the department of education, contingent on federal funding for this purpose and in consultation with the department of finance and the legislative analyst's office, to prepare the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data Syste...

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CASigned into law 09/2010P-12Chronic Truant
S.B. 1317
From bill summary: Defines a chronic truant as any pupil absent from school without a valid excuse for 10% or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, provided that the appropriate school district officer or ...

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CAVetoed 09/2010P-12Determining Pupil Residency for Attendance in a District
A.B. 1854
From bill analysis: Requires school districts to accept reasonable evidence that a pupil meets residency requirements for school attendance within the district. Specifies certain types of documents that must be considered reasonable evidence. Authorizes a scho...

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GAAdopted 08/2010P-12Student Enrollment and Withdrawal
GA ADC 160-5-1-.28
Amends provisions related to student enrollment and withdrawal. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-5-1-.28.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12Enrollment of Child under 5 Who Is Child of Military Personnel
S.B. 1246 - Enrollment of Child under 5 Who Is Child of Military Personnel
Permits public school entry of child who does not turn 5 by August 31 of the school year but whose parent is an active duty member of U.S. armed forces who is the sole legal custodian of the child, and is stationed in another state, and is deployed for duty aw...

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NCSigned into law 07/2010P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Excused Absences For Religious Observances
H.B. 357
Requires principals, community colleges and universities to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each academic year for religious observances required by the faith of a student or the student's parents; provides that the student's parents may be require...

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LASigned into law 06/2010P-12
Community College
Adult Education Programs
H.B. 1055
Students who are 16 to 18 years old and are enrolled in an adult education program shall be considered to be in compliance with the school attendance provisions. Defines "effective" adult education program. Eliminate the division of adult and community educati...

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LASigned into law 06/2010P-12Student Attendance Policies
H.B. 421
Prevents a city, parish, or other local public school board from denying admission or readmission to students of suitable age who resides within the geographic boundaries of the school system unless such student is legally excluded from attending school.
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GAVetoed 06/2010P-12Compulsory School Attendance
S.B. 239 - Section 2
Requires a parent whose child is of compulsory school age and who becomes a new resident of a local school system to enroll his/her child in a public or private school within 15 days of such new residency (or by the start date of school if such new residency o...

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TNSigned into law 05/2010P-12Truancy - Parental Consequences
S.B. 3246
Authorizes a prosecutor to allow parents or guardians of children violating truancy laws to attend parent education training and parent-teacher conferences as an alternative to criminal prosecution. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 30
http://www.capitol....

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WISigned into law 05/2010P-12Habitual Truants Need Not Be Readmitted Through Open Enrollment
S.B. 342
If a pupil attending the school district under open enrollment (OEP) is habitually truant (absent from school without an acceptable
excuse for part or all of five or more school days during any semester) during either semester in the current school year, the s...

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NHSigned into law 05/2010P-12Truancy
H.B. 154
Makes various changes to the laws on truancy; provides for excused absences, parental responsibility and petitions for children in need of services.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2010/HB0154.html...

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KYSigned into law 04/2010P-12Interscholastic Athletics
H.B. 327
Requires the state board of education or any agency designated by the state board to manage interscholastic athletics to promulgate administrative regulations that permit the hiring of a nonteaching or noncertified person in a coaching position. Requires that ...

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VASigned into law 03/2010P-12Parental Notification of Nonattendance
S.B. 196
Clarifies that, in addition to the attendance officer, school personnel, and volunteers, the school principal or his designee is responsible for notifying parents concerning students' nonattendance at school; provides that the school principal or his designee ...

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VASigned into law 03/2010P-12Religious Holidays
S.B. 361
Requires local school boards to develop policies ensuring that any student's absence because of the observance of a religious holiday be recorded as excused on the student's attendance record and that a student not be deprived of any award or of eligibility or...

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NESigned into law 03/2010P-12Kindergarten Entrance
L.B. 1006
Children are eligible for kindergarten if they are 5 years old by July 31, beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Previously, the cutoff date was Oct. 15. The bill includes an exception for children who turn 5 between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15 if they perform adequa...

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ILSigned into law 01/2010P-12Professional Development for Department of Human Services Staff; 1st Grade Start Age for Certain Students
H.B. 806
Requires the department of human services to operate a comprehensive professional development system called the Gateways to Opportunity program. Directs the department of human services to award Gateways to Opportunity credentials to early care and education, ...

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KYAdopted 01/2010P-12Recording Student Attendance
702 KAR 7:125
Adds section providing definitions of: "full day of attendance" (student in attendance at least 65% of regularly-scheduled school day), "tardy" (student absent less than 35% of the regularly-scheduled school day), "half-day absence" (student absent 35-84% of r...

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NVRule Adoption 10/2009P-12CREDIT GRANTED
NAC 389.670
Revises provisions governing credit granted for a specific course of study without having attended regularly scheduled classes.
www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/CHAPTERS.HTMl...

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NVRule Adoption 10/2009P-12ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE
NAC 387.048, .215
Revises provisions governing the reasons listed in the master register of enrollment and attendance for withdrawal of a pupil.
www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/CHAPTERS.HTMl...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Excused Absence to Participate in Civic Engagement Activities
A.B. 796
Amends existing law that authorizes a pupil to be excused from school for specified reasons. Includes civic engagement activities offered by a nonprofit organization or a governmental entity among the types of absences that are excused. Provides a pupil may no...

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WISigned into law 10/2009P-12
A.B. 119
Beginning on September 1, 2011, a school board may not enroll a child in the first grade in a school in the school district, including in a charter school located in the school district, unless the child has completed 5-year-old kindergarten. Requires each sch...

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NDSigned into law 08/2009P-12Student Absences
S.B. 2217
Requires teachers to notify administrators when a student is absent without an excuse. Requires administrators to investigate the absence. Provides for penalities. Unless the responsible party (parent, guardian) has made substantial and reasonable attempts to ...

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NDSigned into law 08/2009P-12Entrance Ages, Upper Statutory Age
H.B. 1378
Modifies 15.1-06-01. Changes the cut-off date for enrollment in grade one from September first to August first. For kindergarten, the cut-off date changes from five by September first of the year of enrollment to August first. Provides exception for children w...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Excused Absences for Extracurricular Activities
H.B. 1 - Section 3321.041
Defines "extracurricular activity". Requires districts to provide students with up to four days of excused absence per school year for a student absence for the sole purpose of traveling out of state to participate in an enrichment activity approved by the loc...

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LASigned into law 06/2009P-12Truancy and Tardiness Policies
H.B. 731
Spells out policies for habitual absence and tardiness of students, including penalties for violations by parents and legal guardians or custodians of such students. Addresses the crime of improper supervision of a minor as it relates to habitually absent or t...

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LAAdopted 06/2009P-12Attendance for Military Family Students
LAC 28:CXV.1103
Allows excused absences for students for visitation with a parent who is a member of the Armed Forces or the National Guard of a state and such parent has been called to active duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Excused Absence to Visit Colleges
H.B. 2542
Allows districts to grant excused absences for juniors and seniors visiting institutions of higher education. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB02542F.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Student Election Clerks
S.B. 1134
Allows certain high school students to serve as election clerks. Provides an excused absence for such service. Adds new section 33.092 allowing a student election clerk to apply such time served toward a school service requirement or school project requirement...

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ALSigned into law 05/2009P-12Interstate Military Compact
H.B. 438
Adds Alabama to the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, an interstate compact to address the education transition issues of children of active duty military families. Allows for the uniform treatment at the state and local d...

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GASigned into law 05/2009P-12Military Students
S.B. 114
Provides for the transfer of students who are military dependents into a local school system. Provides that students must be placed in grade level commensurate with their grade level in the sending state at the time of transition, including in kindergarten, re...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009P-12Enrollment of a Teacher's Child in Nonresident District
S.B. 847
Allows a student whose parent or guardian is employed by a school district or educational service cooperative to continue attendance at a nonresident school district in some circumstances.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Acts/Act1368.pdf...

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MSSigned into law 04/2009P-12Superintendent Approval of Absences for Medical and Dental Appointments
H.B. 525
Deletes the requirement that the school superintendent must approve student absences for medical and dental appointments. Authorizes a designee of the superintendent to report unlawful absences to the school attendance officer.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us...

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MDSigned into law 04/2009P-12Suspension/Expulsion -- not for Attendance Offenses only
H.B. 660; S.B. 241
Prohibits a principal from suspending or expelling a student from school solely for attendance-related offenses.
http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/bills/hb/hb0660t.pdf...

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NMSigned into law 04/2009P-12Compulsory Attendance and Unexcused Absenses
S.B. 189
Changes terms and notice provisions of compulsory attendance policies; clarifies how unexcused absences are determined; requires reports.
http://nmlegis.gov/Sessions/09%20Regular/final/SB0189.pdf...

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UTSigned into law 03/2009P-12Education Policies for Military Children
H.B. 194
Adds 53A-11-1401 through -1404, collectively known as Education Policies for Military Children. Provides definitions. Allows for certain exceptions when military children transfer schools, including the use of official and unofficial education records, time pe...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12Missed Days Due to Weather
H.B. 322
Allows a local board of education in a county identified as a federal disaster area because of Tropical Storm Ike and the severe weather storm of January and February of 2009 to request from the commissioner of education up to ten disaster days missed and requ...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12Children of Civilian Military Employees
S.B. 39
Relates to students of civilian military employees; provides students of civilian military employees the same rights as students of military families under the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children if the parents are required to m...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12Excused School Absence
H.B. 124
Requires a school principal to give up to 10 days excused school absence for children of Armed Forces servicemembers if the parent is stationed out of the country and is granted leave. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/09RS/HB124/bill.doc...

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ARSigned into law 03/2009P-12Educational Sucess for Military Children
H.B. 1400
Removes barriers to educational success for military children.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/HB1400.pdf...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12Suspension of Driver's License Due to Truancy
H.B. 1826
Provides for the suspension of the driver's license or learner's permit of any minor who has 10 or more unexcused absences from public school on consecutive school days.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+ful+HB1826ER...

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VASigned into law 02/2009P-12Sufficient Cause for Suspension
H.B. 1794
Provides that the sufficient cause necessary to suspend a student cannot rest solely on instances of tardiness or truancy.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+ful+HB1794ER...

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ARSigned into law 02/2009P-12School Attendance Laws
S.B. 295
Ensures consistent public school attendance laws.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/SB295.pdf...

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COAdopted 01/2009P-12Attendance and Truancy Data
1 CCR 301-78
Provides specificity for consistency in reporting attendance and truancy data across school districts and BOCES. Allows the usage these indicators to leverage resources to support the complete success of children and youth in school.

http://www.sos.state.co....

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ILSigned into law 12/2008P-12Truancy
S.B. 2743
Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that if a code violation involves a municipal ordinance regulating truants, the hearing date must be 7 to 40 days after the violation is reported. Increases minimum child age for which certain truancy provisions app...

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WYAdopted 10/2008P-12School Foundation Program
Chapter 8
These emergency rules amend the existing rules related to the school foundation program. The emergency rules provide additional definitions for terms used throughout the rules. The emergency rules add a new section 8 which provides a process for a school dis...

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CAVetoed 09/2008P-12Attendance
S.B. 1735
Requires a school district to accept any documents and representations from the parent or guardian of a pupil that reasonably provide evidence that the pupil meets the residency requirements. Provides examples of the types of documents or representations that ...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12Habitual Truancy and Habitual Tardiness
H.B. 1133
Revises provisions related to habitual truancy and habitual tardiness. Requires a student's parent to enforce the student's attendance at the school to which the student is assigned. Requires a school principal or designee to provide a parent with written noti...

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NHSigned into law 06/2008P-12Committee to Study Truancy Laws
H.B. 1161
Establishes a committee to study the truancy laws; provides for membership and compensation, duties, chairperson and quorum, and report of findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President o...

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DESigned into law 06/2008P-12Compact on Education for Children of Military Families
H.B. 297
Provides an interstate compact to ensure standards for educational records for children of military families.
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis144.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+297/$file/legis.html?open...

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LASigned into law 06/2008P-12Absences for Children of Active-Duty Parents
H.B. 200
Provides that a child whose parent is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard and such parent has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment shall be granted up to five excused absences from school per school year for the c...

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AZSigned into law 06/2008P-12Attendance
H.B. 2368
Relates to notification of the parents of a student who is enrolled in an elementary school of an unexcused absence; relates to notifying parents of such students of their responsibility to any absence of the pupil and to notify the school in advance or at the...

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MISigned into law 05/2008P-12Student Absences when Parents Are Deployed
S.B. 747
Establishes that a student's absence because a parent, legal guardian or sibling is being deployed or returning from active duty is an excused absence.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2007-2008/publicact/pdf/2008-PA-0141.pdf...

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MISigned into law 05/2008P-12Excused Absence for Child of Service Member
S.B. 747
Provides that if a student is absent up to 1 full school day because student's parent, legal guardian, or sibling is a service member being deployed on or returning from active duty, or if a student is absent for up to 2 full school days if the location of the...

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VTSigned into law 04/2008P-12Absences for Attending Town Meetings
S.B. 45
Prohibits employers and schools from penalizing employees and students who are absent in order to attend town meeting; provides an employee shall have the right to take unpaid leave from employment for the purpose of attending a town meeting provided the emplo...

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KYSigned into law 04/2008P-12Status Offenders
H.B. 384
Defines "nonoffender" as a child alleged to be dependent, neglected, or abused and who has not been otherwise charged with a status or public offense. Specifies that "status offenses" by a minor include beyond the control of the school or parents, habitual tru...

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MDSigned into law 04/2008P-12Response to High Truancy Rates
H.B. 285; S.B.96
Requires a county board of education to require elementary schools with certain truancy rates to implement a positive behavioral interventions and support program or certain behavior modification programs in collaboration with the State Department of Education...

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COSigned into law 04/2008P-12Student Truancy and Attendance Reporting
H.B. 1336
Requires the State Board of Education to adopt guidelines for the standardized calculation of unexcused absences of students; requires a school district to report annually to the department concerning the number of students who are habitually truant; requires ...

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MSSigned into law 03/2008P-12Reporting of Absences Due to Detainment
H.B. 348
Relates to youth detained in juvenile detention centers; requires Youth Detention Staff to notify School Districts if a detained child misses one or more days from school due to such child's detainment.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2008/pdf/HB/03...

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INSigned into law 03/2008P-12Attendance Enforcement
H.B. 1234
Allows certain law enforcement officers to inspect student attendance records and to enforce the attendance laws and requires an affidavit against a parent to enforce the compulsory school attendance law be filed in a court with jurisdiction in the county in w...

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LAAdopted 11/2007P-12Compulsory Attendance, Exit Exams
LAC 28:CXV.1103, 2323, and 2324
Makes changes to Bulletin 741 - Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators:

1103: Allows students in danger of failing due to excessive absences to make up missed time in class sessions held outside the regular class time. The make-up sessions must be compl...

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TXSigned into law 07/2007P-12Excused Absence for Court Appearance
H.B. 2455
House Bill 2455 amends the Education Code to require a school district to grant an excused absence for a student ordered to make a court appearance.
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/pdf/HB02455F.pdf...

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NHSigned into law 07/2007P-12Clarifies Exemptions to Compulsory School Attendance
H.B. 87
Inserts clarifications to the exceptions to the compulsory school attendance statute.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2007/HB0087.html...

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NHSigned into law 07/2007P-12Twins or Multiples Class Assignment
S.B. 78
Allows a parent or guardian of twins or other multiples to request a classroom placement for the children. Provides that a parent or guardian of twins or other multiples in elementary school may request that the twins or multiples be placed in the same classro...

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NHSigned into law 07/2007P-12Raises Compulsory School Age
S.B. 18
Raises from 16 to 18 the age for compulsory school attendance and provides a procedure for a pupil who is at least 16 years of age to obtain an attendance waiver from school.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2007/SB0018.html...

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ORSigned into law 06/2007P-12Defines "Person in Parental Relationship"
S.B. 215
Defines "Person in parental relationship" as an adult who has physical custody of a child or resides in the same household as the child, interacts with the child daily, provides the
child with food, clothing, shelter and incidental necessaries and provides the...

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NCSigned into law 06/2007P-12School Admission Requirements
H.B. 150
Modifies school admission requirements. Moves cut-off date for enrollment to August 31 from October 16.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2007/Bills/House/HTML/H150v0.html...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007P-12Pilot: of Mandated Attendance for Suspended Students
H.B. 2138
Adds a new section: A pilot project of mandated attendance in an alternative school for students who have been suspended shall be established by the department for the school year 2007-2008 in any county having a metropolitan form of government and a populatio...

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MESigned into law 06/2007P-12Student Truancy Policy
H.B. 353
Strengthens the truancy laws by making it a Class E crime for parents who fail to take corrective measures for truant children from kindergarten to grade 6.
http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/externalsiteframe.asp?ID=280022908&LD=454&Type=1&SessionID=7...

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NVSigned into law 06/2007P-12
Postsec.
Dropout Reporting, Exit Exam Alternatives, Competency Based Credits
S.B. 312
Expands the annual reports of accountability information to include the rate of pupils who drop out of school in grades 6, 7 and 8. Requires the State Board to prescribe alternative criteria that a pupil may satisfy to receive a standard high school diploma if...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12Truancy Reporting
S.B. 1161
Increases the time frame required for a school district to report to certain authorities, from seven to 10 days, if a student has not attended school on 10 or more days without an excuse.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/pdf/SB01161F.pdf...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12Pupil Truancy
A.B. 485
Require a report of pupils who drop out of school in grade 8 to be included in the reports of accountability prepared by the State Board of Education and the boards of trustees of school districts. Requires the board of trustees of a school district located in...

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TXSigned into law 05/2007P-12Permitting Attendance of Students to Age 26
H.B. 1137
Permits students who are at least 21 years of age and under 26 years of age on the first day of September of any school year to be eligible for funding under the Foundation School Program for the purposes of completing the requirements for a high school diplom...

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MESigned into law 05/2007P-12Compulsory Attendance Coordinator
S.B. 155; L
Concerns compulsory school attendance. This bill adds to the duties of the attendance coordinator serving as the liaison between the school and the local law enforcement agency in matters pertaining to student absenteeism.
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis...

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DESigned into law 05/2007P-12Enhanced Truancy Court Activities
S.B. 26
Provides for enhanced Truancy Court activities in the Justice of the Peace Court. Eliminates the need to transfer a case of contempt by a juvenile to the Family Court for adjudication when that contempt has arisen in relation to a refusal to obey an order of t...

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TXSigned into law 04/2007P-12Requiring Attendance of Those Voluntarily Attending School
H.B. 566
H.B. 566 authorizes school districts to require persons who voluntarily enroll in school or voluntarily attend school after their 18th birthday to attend school until the end of the school year (to help districts reduce the number of dropouts). The bill also ...

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MTTo governor 04/2007P-12Services for Developmentally Disabled
H.B. 195
Relates to services for individuals who are developmentally distabled, clarifies that such individuals may return to high school after graduation if they are not 19 years of age.
http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2007/billhtml/HB0195.htm...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Alternative Pathways to a Diploma
H.B. 1051
Finds that the state's commitment to providing a basic education for all public school students under the age of twenty-one should continue until a student earns a diploma.
Therefore the legislature intends to expand high school completion programs at communit...

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NMSigned into law 04/2007P-12
Postsec.
High School Redesign
H.B. 584/S.B. 561
Provides for high school redesign. Directs the department of education to establish a readiness assessment system to measure the readiness of every New Mexico high school student for success in higher education or a career no later than the 2008-2009 school ye...

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COSigned into law 03/2007P-12Minimum Compulsory Attendance Age
S.B. 16
Changes the minimum age for compulsory education from seven to six years, on or before August 1 of each year. Compulsory attendance ages therefore would be six through seventeen years.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/Clics2007A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/9396E573D25...

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SDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Raises Compulsory Attendance Age to 18
S.B. 199
Increases the compulsory attendance age for school attendance from 16 to 18, unless the child has graduated or is excused per certain provisions.
http://www.legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2007/bills/SB199enr.pdf...

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SDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Kindergarten Attendance
S.B. 33
Amends 13-28-2 to read: Any child who is five years old on the first day of September is eligible for enrollment in kindergarten during that school year. Any child who is six years old by September first is eligible for enrollment in first grade during that sc...

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UTAdopted 11/2006P-12Per Pupil Funding & Attendance/Completion Recordkeeping
R277-419
Allows exceptions to the minimum number of instructional hours and schools days per year for individual students and schools; requires Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to ensure that accurate records of daily st...

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CASigned into law 08/2006P-12Compulsory Attendance Policies
A.B. 2181
Amends existing law that specifically authorizes a court to order a person who is convicted for failing to comply with compulsory attendance laws to immediately enroll the child in the appropriate school or educational program and provide proof of enrollment t...

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GAAdopted 07/2006P-12Remediation, Charter Schools, Class Size, Student Attendance
GAC 160-4-5-.01; -4-9-.04; -5-1-.08, -.10
Clarifies rules regarding the following:

Remedial education for students in grades 6-12: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/4/5/01.pdf
Charter schools: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/4/9/04.pdf
Class size: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/5/1...

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MDVetoed 05/2006P-12Compulsory Attendance in Baltimore
S.B. 741
Increases the age range for compulsory public school attendance in Baltimore City to between the ages of 5 years old and 18 years old; requires persons with legal custody or care and control of children who reside in Baltimore City and who are between the ages...

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MDSigned into law 05/2006P-12Compulsory Attendance Task Force
H.B. 36; SB 741
Establishes a Task Force to Study Raising the Compulsory Public School Attendance Age to 18; requires the Task Force to evaluate and make recommendations regarding certain issues by a certain date and to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Compulsory Attendance for Blind Students
S.B. 3917
Concerns Education; revises the age of children to whom the compulsory school attendance requirements for blind children apply from between seven and 16 years of age to between six and 17 years of age.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB...

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COSigned into law 05/2006P-12Compulsory Attendance Age and Hour Requirements
S.B. 73
Concerns the age specifications relating to compulsory school attendance. Every child who has attained the age of seven years and is under the age of seventeen years (changed from 16), except as provided by this section, must attend public school for at least ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Requirements for Students Leaving School at Age 16
H.B. 7087 (Section 18)
If a student decides to leave school at age 16, several procedures must be followed. This bill adds the following requirements:
The student's guidance counselor or other school personnel must conduct an exit interview with the student to determine the
reason...

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GASigned into law 04/2006P-12Excused Absences
H.B. 984
Provides that a student whose parent or legal guardian is in military service is granted up to 5 excused absences per school year to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian prior to deployment or while on leave. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_0...

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TNSigned into law 04/2006P-12Excused Absences for Children of Military Families
S.B. 3379
Excuses children from school on days of deployment and return from deployment for military service of a parent or guardian. Provides that if a student's parent, custodian, or other person with legal custody or control of a student is a member of the United Sta...

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LAAdopted 04/2006P-12Hospital/Homebound Instruction
LAC 28:CXV.1103
Establishes procedures for hospital/homebound instruction for a student who is enrolled in regular or special education and who, as a result of health care treatment, physical illness, accident, or the treatment thereof, is temporarily unable to attend school....

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WVRule Adoption 04/2006P-12Attendance
Title 126, Series 81
Amends rules regarding half-day attendance and specific ages for compulsory school attendance. Identifies the specific number of days in which a parent, guardian or custodian of children with excessive unexcused absences must attend a school-based conference, ...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Students Attending Nonclassroom Activities
H.B. 1347 Section 14
Allows a district to authorize the absence and excuse of a student who attends any educationally related nonclassroom activity. Requires any educationally related nonclassroom activity and nonclassroom activity to meet all the following conditions:
(1)...

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WVSigned into law 03/2006P-12Penalties for Compulsory Attendance Violations
S.B. 631
Clarifies the summons or warrant and complaint process when a parent, custodian or guardian fails to comply with compulsory attendance laws and a magistrate finds probable cause to believe that a parent, custodian or guardian has committed the offense. Allows ...

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KYSigned into law 03/2006P-12Advancing Kindergarten-Age Students to First Grade
S.B. 35
Clarifies that a school district may advance a child through the primary program if he or she is at least five but less than six years old; allows the child to be classified as other than a kindergarten student for purposes of funding if the student is determi...

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VASigned into law 02/2006P-12Penalty for False Statement of Residency
H.B. 1222
Provides that any person who knowingly makes a false statement concerning the residency of a child for the purpose of avoiding tuition charges shall be liable to the school division in which the child was enrolled as a result of such false statements for tuiti...

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NVAdopted 01/2006P-12Maximum Age for a High Schooler
NAC 387.345
Establishes rules regarding maximum age for a high school pupil in Nevada -- to allow for basic support apportionment for pupils who are over the normal age of a high school senior where an 18, 19 or 20 year old may need an extra year to complete required cred...

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MDAdopted 01/2006P-12Attending school outside of county
COMAR 13A.08.05.01 thru .07
Requires a county superintendent to allow a child who is a Maryland resident to attend a public school free of charge in a county other than the county where a child is domiciled with the child's parent or legal guardian, provided certain criteria are met....

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LAEmergency Rule Adoption 10/2005P-12Truancy Assessment and Service Centers
LAC 67:III.5539
Re-establishes Truancy Assessment and Service Centers to identify, assess and intervene to ensure K-6 students attend school regularly. While established under TANF provisions, rules specify that eligibility for services is not limited to needy families. http:...

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ILSigned into law 08/2005P-12The Parental Participation Pilot Project
S.B. 10
Provides that by the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, the State Board of Education shall by rule establish a parental participation pilot project to provide grants to the lowest performing school districts to help these districts improve parental partic...

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ILSigned into law 07/2005P-12Change of Residence Due to Parent's Military Service Obligation
H.B. 156
Provides that if a pupil's change of residence is due to the military service obligation of a person who has legal custody of the pupil, then, upon the written request of the person having legal custody of the pupil, the residence of the pupil is deemed for pu...

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DESigned into law 07/2005P-12Parent Responsibility for Truant Children
H.B. 109
Amends 2728 and 2729 of Title 14 to clarify that when both parents are listed on a student's school records and both parents are Delaware residents, they each are responsible for their child's school attendance. Reflects the view of the Truancy Task Force that...

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CAVetoed 06/2005P-12Attendance Review Board Recommendations
A.B. 656
Under existing law, a county school attendance review board may be established in each county to propose and promote the
use of alternatives to the juvenile court system for pupils with school attendance problems or school behavioral problems.
Existing law aut...

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TXSigned into law 05/2005Postsec.Excusal for Military Service
H.B. 1630
From bill analysis: Requires an institution of higher education to excuse a student from attending classes or engaging in other required activities, including examinations, in order for the student to participate in active military service to which the student...

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NV(H) APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR. CHAPTER 47. 05/2005P-12Authorizes boards of trustees of school districts to accommodate medical absences in policy for attendance of pupils at school
H.B. 76
AN ACT relating to education; authorizing the board of trustees of a school district to accommodate certain pupils who are physically or mentally unable to attend school in the policy for attendance of pupils at school....

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GASigned into law 04/2005P-12Compulsory Attendance Laws
H.B. 26
Repeals the authority for the Governor to suspend all or any part of compulsory attendance requirements because of a riot, insurrection, public disorder, disturbance of the peace, natural calamity, or disaster. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/versio...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12General Assembly Pages
H.B. 2461
Provides an excused absence from school for the one day a student is serving as a page for the general assembly. States that the student may be allowed additional instructional assignment days at the discretion of the school district.
http://www.arkleg.state.a...

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NMSigned into law 04/2005P-12School District Attendance Policies
H.B. 955
Relates to compulsory school attendance; requires that school district attendance policies use withdrawal of students pursuant to the definition of membership in the Public School Finance Act only after exhausting efforts to keep students in educational settin...

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VASigned into law 03/2005P-12Educational Protections for Foster Care Children
S.B. 1006
Clarifies that the public schools in a school divisions shall be free to children in foster care living in that school division in the same manner as provided to homeless children and youth pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Act and state law. http://leg1.state.va...

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VASigned into law 03/2005P-12False Statements on Child Residency
H.B. 2382
Creates a Class 4 misdemeanor charge for making a false statement concerning the residency of a child in a particular school division or school attendance zone. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?051+ful+CHAP0178...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Habitual Truancy
H.B. 72
Establishes that any student enrolled in a public school who is over 18 but not 21 years of age and who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three or more days, or tardy without valid excuse on three or more days, is a truant. Reduces from thre...

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NDTo governor 03/2005P-12School Attendance
H.B. 1194
Relates to contract terms for the cross-border attendance of elementary and high school students.

http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/59-2005/bill-text/FAKJ0200.pdf...

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IDSigned into law 03/2005P-12Habitual Truant
S.B. 1066
Revises the definition of a "habitual truant." Revises the provisions applicable to proceedings against parents and guardians whose children are habitual truants. Allows proceedings to be brought against any parent of a habitual truant who is found to have kno...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Nonresident Student Contracts
H.B. 197
Relates to nonresident student contracts; allows two local school districts to enter into a nonresident student contract for more than one year. http://lrc.ky.gov/RECORD/05RS/HB197.htm...

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SDSigned into law 03/2005P-12Cross Border Education Contracts
H.B. 1149
Allows the Department of Education to enter into certain enrollment agreements with the State of North Dakota; compensates certain school districts for lost revenue due to the agreements. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2005/bills/HB1149enr.pdf...

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ILSigned into law 01/2005P-12School Code
H.B. 757
Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code to allow a child with a disability who has completed four years of high school to participate in the graduation ceremony and receive a certificate of completion under specified circumstances. Fur...

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NMRule Adoption 12/2004P-12Public School Administration/Accountability/Standards
NMAC 6.10.8
Establishes rules regarding compulsory school attendance. http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/nmac/parts/title06/06.010.0008.htm ...

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NJTo governor 12/2004P-12School Time Curfew Ordinances
S.B. 155
Permits municipalities to adopt school-time curfew ordinances for juveniles....

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OHRule Adoption 10/2004P-12Education Program for Parents of Truant Students
OAC 3301-47-01
Amends rules relating to the establishment of an education program for parents of truant students. OHIO REG 11546 (SN)...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Charter Schools and Student Discipline/Attendance
A.B. 1860
Prohibits a school district governing board from denying a charter school petition, unless it makes findings that the petition lacks a description of the procedures by which a pupil may be subject to discipline and the procedure employed by the school to safeg...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Health Services Authorization Affidavit
A.B. 2855 (multiple provisions)
Section 12: Existing law deems a pupil to have complied with the residency requirements for school attendance in a school district if the pupil meets specified requirements, including, among others, that the pupil lives in the home of a caregiving adult that i...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Compulsory Attendance Laws
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
Extends authorization to January 1, 2006 for a court to order a person who is convicted for failing to comply with compulsory attendance laws to immediately enroll the child in the appropriate school or educational program and provide proof of enrollment to th...

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GAAdopted 08/2004P-12Class Size; Absences and Excuses
GAC 160-5-1-.08; -.10
Clarifies rules regarding class size, absences and excuses. Renames chapter on absences as Student Attendance. Provides definition of truant and outlines policies and procedures to reduce unexcused absences. Permits a maximum individual class size of 30 for gr...

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ILSigned into law 08/2004P-12Compulsory School Age; Alternative Education
S.B. 2918
Increases the compulsory school age from 16 to 17 years of age, with exceptions. Provides that certain provisions that apply to truant officers apply to the regional superintendent of schools or his designee in a school district that does not have a truant off...

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ILSigned into law 07/2004P-12Student Enrollment
S.B. 2115
Amends the School Code. Allows a school or school district to deny enrollment to a student 16 years of age or older for one semester for failure to meet minimum academic or attendance standards if certain conditions are met. Requires a district to identify, tr...

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NYSigned into law 07/2004P-12Minor Age Increase For Non School Attendance
A.B. 1892
Provides that each school district shall have the power to require minors from sixteen to seventeen years of age to attend upon full time day instruction. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A01892&sh=t...

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LASigned into law 06/2004P-12Juvenile Service Center Truancy and Assessment
H.B. 1527
Authorizes any parish in the state, not just pre-existing pilot program parishes, to create truancy and assessment and service centers. Louisiana State University's office of social services research and development to develop and implement a monitoring and ev...

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AKSigned into law 06/2004P-12Public School Attendance
H.B. 338
Amends the required age of a child for school attendance. http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill_text.asp?hsid=HB0338Z&session=23...

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ARRule Adoption 06/2004P-12Mandatory Attendance Requirements for Grades 9 - 12
ADE 169
Establishes rules regarding mandatory attendance requirements for grades 9 - 12. http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20169%20mandatory%20attendance%20req.pdf...

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RITo governor 06/2004P-12No Pass No Drive
S.B. 2594
Provides that if a minor accumulates fifteen (15) unexcused absences within ninety (90) calendar days, they are ineligible for driving privileges and would provide for enforcement, notification, compliance, reinstatement and jurisdiction of this provision. Thi...

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RIBecame law without governor's signature 06/2004P-12Drivers License Requirement
H.B. 7397
Would set eligibility requirements for school attendance to obtain a driver's license for minor students. This act would take effect on January 15, 2005. ...

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MSSigned into law 05/2004P-12Adequate Education Program
H.B. 741
Relates to Adequate Education Program; deletes repealer on high growth school district formula.

If during the year for which adequate education program funds are appropriated, any school district experiences a three percent (3%) or greater increase in avera...

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MDSigned into law 05/2004P-12Truancy Reduction Pilot Program
H.B. 1443
Authorizes the establishment of a Truancy Reduction Pilot Program in certain counties; establishes that failure of children to attend school without a lawful excuse is a code violation; authorizes school officials to petition the juvenile court alleging that a...

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KSSigned into law 05/2004P-12
Postsec.
Compulsory Attendance Exemption for Concurrently Enrolled Students
H.B. 2795 (multiple provisions)
Section 1: Allows student age 16 or 17 to be exempt from compulsory attendance requirements if student is regularly enrolled in a school and is concurrently enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution. Makes provisions applicable to children from and ...

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MSSigned into law 05/2004P-12Office Of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement
H.B. 663
Deletes repealer on the Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement.

Extends the repealer on the Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement within the Department of Education to July 1, 2009.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2004/pd...

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NJSigned into law 05/2004P-12Task Force to Study Attendance in Public Schools
A.J.R. 68
Establishes the Task Force to Study Attendance in Public Schools to study current practices within school districts in the state regarding student attendance, including, but not limited to absences, tardiness, procedures for addressing students with patterns o...

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GASigned into law 05/2004P-12Education Provisions
H.B. 1190
Provides for the revision of certain provisions regarding education flexibility and accountability; requires the State Board of Education to create a single state-wide accountability system by December 31, 2004; amends provisions regarding school councils; am...

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TNSigned into law 05/2004P-12Residency When Custodial Parents Span Districts
S.B. 3305
Requires the state board to formulate policy for attendance and transfer of students whose custodial parents reside in two local education agencies....

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MSSigned into law 04/2004P-12State Auditor
H.B. 1251
Provides the State Auditor with authority to establish effective and efficient policies and procedures for auditing student attendance and data in local school districts. In particular, the State Auditor will have more flexibility regarding on-site audits and ...

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NESigned into law 04/2004P-12Compulsory Attendance Ages
L.B. 868
LB 868 changes the mandatory ages for compulsory education. From the fiscal note: Currently, ages are from age 7 through
age 15. Beginning in the 2005-06 school year, children will be required to attend school if they will reach the age of 6 by January 1st of
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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12School Attendance Enforcement
H.B. 1326
Strengthens the mechanisms for enforcement of the compulsory school attendance law; removes the restriction on the court's use of contempt power in enforcing compulsory school attendance and parental responsibility provisions; clarifies and reinforces the cour...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Notification to Parents of Rights of Students
S.B. 438
Directs local school boards to notify parents of the educational rights of students who fail to graduate or who have failed to achieve the number of verified units of credit required for graduation as provided in the standards of accreditation or who have been...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Excused Absences from School
S.B. 80
Requires a school principal to give a student an excused absence of up to ten days to pursue an educational enhancement opportunity of significant educational value, and provides for an appeal of a negative decision to the local board of education. Specifies t...

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KYSigned into law 04/2004P-12Children With Disabilities
H.B. 10
Provides that an exemption from compulsory attendance student may be granted to 1) a child certified by specified professionals to have a chronic physical condition that prevents or renders inadvisable attendance at school, and which is unlikely to improve sub...

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VASigned into law 03/2004P-12Compulsory School Attendance
S.B. 404
Excuses from compulsory school attendance requirements persons 16 through 18 years of age who are housed in adult correctional facilities and who are actively pursuing a general education development certificate but who are not enrolled in an individual studen...

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INSigned into law 03/2004P-12Reporting Student Absenteeism
H.B. 1202
Requires a school corporation or an accredited nonpublic school to report to the local health department the percentage of student absences above a threshold determined by the department rule. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2004/HE/HE1202.1.html...

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MESigned into law 03/2004P-12Habitual Truants
H.P. 800
Requires the superintendent to send a notice to the parent of a truant informing the parent that the child is truant and the child is required by law to attend school; requires the superintendent to report the truancy of a child to the local law enforcement ag...

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NMRule Adoption 12/2003P-12School Attendance
NMAC 8.200.420; Section 10
Establishes rules amending language to remove school attendance requirements for children under 18 years of age. Clarifies school attendance requirements for children 18 years of age. NEW MEXICO REG 3931 (SN)...

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WISigned into law 11/2003P-12Dispositional Orders for Truancy
A.B. 62
Provides for the specifications for school attendance of a dispositional order for truant or habitual truant and the disclosure of juvenile court records by a juvenile court or a municipal court for children of certain age groups....

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TXRule Adoption 10/2003P-12Student Attendance Accounting
19 TAC 129.1025
Amends rules concerning student attendance accounting. Adopts by reference the 2003-2004 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook which provides student attendance accounting rules for school districts and charter schools. TEXAS REG 86427 (SN)...

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OHSigned into law 08/2003P-12Measuring Attendance
H.B. 3 - Omnibus Bill -- Attendance Rates
Requires the department of education, by January 1, 2004, to provide to the General Assembly a feasible standard for measuring school district attendance rates....

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RISigned into law 07/2003P-12First Grade Entrance Age
S.B. 593
This act would provide that a child, who has or will have completed six (6) years of life on or before September 1, rather than December 1, of any school year, shall be eligible to attend first grade. This act would take effect on January 1, 2006....

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RISigned into law 07/2003P-12Compulsory Schooling Ages
S.B. 594
Provides that a child, who has or will have completed six (6) years of life by September 1, rather than December 1, of any school year, and has not completed sixteen (16) years of life, must regularly attend school....

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DESigned into law 07/2003P-12Truancy
H.B. 186
Relates to truancy; permits local school districts and charter schools to define what constitutes a valid excuse from attending school and to excuse students with a valid excuse from attending school; requires that persons acting as caregivers must ensure that...

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NCSigned into law 07/2003P-12Child Welfare Laws
S.B. 421
Enhances the state's ability to protect children; after a student has 10 absences, if a principal finds that the parent has not made a
good faith effort to comply with the law, the principal is required to notify the district attorney and the director of socia...

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NHSigned into law 07/2003P-12Public School Education Legal Residency
H.B. 568
Relates to legal residency for the purpose of public school education; changes the definition of legal residency for homeless children and youths; provides that disputes regarding residency shall be resolved by the commissioner of the department of education, ...

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DESigned into law 06/2003P-12Homeschool and Attendance Requirements
S.B. 103
This legislation is in response to the report by the Homeschool Committee as created by SJR 9. This legislation defines the types of homeschools, provides that students who are educated in the defined types of homeschools are exempt from the public school com...

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MESigned into law 06/2003P-12Health Records
S.P. 96 (LD 262)
Requires that disciplinary, attendance and health records be included in the records that follow a student who transfers to another school either within or outside the state. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/billtexts/LD026201-1.asp...

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NVSigned into law 05/2003P-12Requirements for Promotion to Next Grade
S.B. 253
Provides that a pupil must be in attendance for a minimum number of days to obtain credit or to be promoted to the next higher grade; requiring each school to provide notice to the parent or legal guardian of a
pupil before the pupil is denied credit or promot...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Reciprocity Agreements
H.B. 591
To facilitate the transfer of military personnel and their dependents to and from the public schools of this state, the agency is required to pursue reciprocity agreements with other states governing the terms of those transfers. Reciprocity agreement must pe...

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TNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Fraudulent Enrollment
S.B. 396
Prohibits out-of-district or out-of-state enrollment within a school system. Restitution for out-of-district or out-of-state enrollment would be based on an amount equal to the local per pupil expenditure for students identified by the Tennessee department of...

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MESigned into law 05/2003P-12Enrollment Age EligibilitySAME AS: 592
S.P. 201
Regards age eligibility for enrollment in a public secondary school; authorizes the Commissioner of Education to waive on a case-by-case basis waivers of age requirements to allow students who have reached 20 years of age before the start of the school year to...

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WASigned into law 04/2003P-12Expanding Residency
H.B. 1470
Expands "residency" for purposes of attending Washington public schools. Any child who is of school age and otherwise eligible, residing
in a home that is located in Idaho but that has a Washington address for the purposes of the United States postal service...

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COSigned into law 04/2003P-12School Attendance Law
H.B. 1226
Concerns a juvenile's right to counsel at proceedings under the School Attendance Law of 1963. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/C38AB5E15B8915CF87256CAB000098EF?Open&file=1226_enr.pdf...

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WVSigned into law 03/2003P-12No Pass No Drive Changes
S.B. 162
Expunges motor vehicle license information for nineteen-year-olds when suspensions or revocations of their licenses are due to school attendance....

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12Full School Days
H.B. 1439
Requires high school students in grades 9 -12 to attend a full school day. Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, students in
grades nine through twelve (9-12) shall be required to schedule and attend a full school day. (b)(1) No later than January 30, 2004...

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ARSigned into law 03/2003P-12Attendance Law
H.B. 1457
Amends the compulsory attendance law to reflect changes in the general education diploma requirements.http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB1457.pdf...

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VASigned into law 03/2003P-12Truancy Court
H.B. 1559
Allows a juvenile who is found to be in need of services or in need of supervision for failure to comply with the compulsory school attendance requirements to be deferred for a period of 120 days and admitted to a truancy program approved by the court; provide...

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MSSigned into law 03/2003P-12Minimum Compulsory School Age
S.B. 2394
Provides that the Compulsory School Attendance Law shall apply to any 5-year-old as of September 1st of an academic year, and who is already enrolled in a full-day public school kindergarten program (minimum compulsory school age remains 6 for those children w...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Accountability Report Cards, Other
A.B. 1818
Requires the school accountability report card to include the rate of pupils who earn Governor's scholarship awards. Deletes provisions which limit the amount of compensation of a school board member. Deletes the certification requirement regarding charter sch...

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CAVetoed 09/2002P-12Compulsory Attendance for Kindergarten
A.B. 634
Makes, commencing 7/1/2004, the Compulsory Attendance Law apply to a child, and the parents or guardian of a child between the ages of 5 and 6 who is enrolled in a public school kindergarten and attends the kindergarten for at least 30 days during the school y...

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DESigned into law 06/2002P-12Truancy Prevention
S.B. 404

This Act requires the building principal to notify a visiting teacher when a student in grades 6 through 12 has ten or more unexcused days from school. The current statute provides a procedure for a visiting teacher to follow for students in grades K through ...

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RITo governor 06/2002P-12Compulsory Attendance
S.B. 2108
Requires children between 16 and 18 years of age to obtain permission from a custodial parent or guardian in order to be exempt from mandatory school attendance....

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OKVetoed 06/2002P-12Transfers, Social Studies
S.B. 701
On or before September 1, 2002, the state board must adopt rules to ensure that students who transfer into an Oklahoma school district from out of state after the student's junior year of high school shall not be denied, due to differing graduation requirement...

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DESigned into law 06/2002P-12Truancy Charges Against Parents and Students
H.B. 380
Permits civil charges to be brought against a student at the same time that criminal charges are brought against the parent, if the student is age 12 or over; amends both the truancy statute and the probation before judgment statute to permit the use of probat...

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TNSigned into law 06/2002P-12Truancy Prevention
H.B. 2650
Relates to truancy; mukes state-wide present authorization limited to Shelby County for local education agency to enter into agreement with its local law enforcement agency to enforce compulsory attendance....

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FLSigned into law 05/2002P-12Education Code Re-Write: New Section on Student Conduct and Parental Involvement Goals
S.B. 20E
Establishes legislative intent that 1) every K-12 public school student attend school throughout the school year and comply with the school's code of conduct; and 2) parents of every public K-12 student "comply with the school's reasonable and time-acceptable ...

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ALSigned into law 04/2002P-12Military Leave of Absence Granted
H.B. 464
Extends active duty military protections and rights to members of the National Guard called or ordered by the Governor to State active duty for 30 consecutive days or more for emergencies or federally funded duty, other than training for homeland security; rel...

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COSigned into law 04/2002P-12Violation of Court Order for Truancy
H.B. 1079
Allows the court to impose incarceration to juvenile detention facility for violating a valid court order under the "School Attendance Law of 1963" after finding the child is guilty of the charges; or child found in contempt of court may be placed in community...

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LASigned into law 04/2002P-12Truancy and Assessment and Service Centers
S.B. 32A
Adds a judicial district to the truancy and assessment and service center pilot program. http://www.legis.state.la.us/leg_docs/021ES/CVT5/OUT/0000JIZA.PDF...

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MSSigned into law 04/2002P-12Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement; School Attendance Officers; Task Force for Department Financial Management Practices Review
H.B. 492
Reenacts sections relating to Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement and school attendance officers. Creates a Task Force to Conduct a Best Financial Management Practices Review of the State Department of Education. Requires the development of best...

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IDSigned into law 03/2002P-12District Actions Against School Attendance Violations
H.B. 657
Provides a procedure for the board of trustees of a school district when a child is determined to be in violation of school attendance requirements....

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MSSigned into law 03/2002P-12Adult Presence at Child's School Enrollment
H.B. 1030
Clarifies that school districts may require a parent, guardian or custodian to accompany child seeking to enroll in the school district....

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WVSigned into law 03/2002P-12Attending Outside the District
H.B. 4428
Relates to the counting of students in net enrollment when the transfer of students between counties is effectuated without the agreement of both boards by official action as reflected in the minutes of their respective meetings....

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CASigned into law 01/2002P-12Omnibus Bill -- Truancy, Dropout Prevention Components
A.B. 804
Any minor who is required to be reported as a truant may be required to attend makeup
classes conducted on one day of a weekend and is subject to the following: (a) The first time a truancy report is required, the pupil may be personally given a written warni...

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LASigned into law 07/2001P-12Compulsory Attendance Until Age 18
H.B. 19
, Requires with certain exceptions, persons having control of a child to send such child to school from the child's seventh birthday until his eighteenth birthday rather than his seventeenth birthday....

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TXSigned into law 06/2001P-12Truancy
S.B. 1432
Relates to truancy and the authority of justice and municipal courts in relation to children; provides criminal penalties for contributing to a truancy....

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OKSigned into law 05/2001P-12Remote Internet-Based Courses
S.B. 595
The state board shall adopt rules no later than July 1, 2001, to provide for the implementation of remote internet-based courses. Each district board of education shall adopt policies and procedures that conform to rules for internet-based courses as adopted ...

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IASigned into law 05/2001P-12Compulsory Attendance
S.B. 412
Relates to the compulsory attendance age and attendance at school during the regular school calendar by a child who has reached the age of 16....

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WVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Cannot Suspend for Truancy
S.B. 439
Prohibits suspension as discipline for failure to attend class; stipulates other methods of discipline may be used for the pupil which may include, but are not limited to, detention, extra class time or alternative class settings; abolishes corporal punishment...

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NDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Attendance of Six-Year Olds
H.B. 1371
Any person having responsibility for a child between the ages of seven and sixteen years
shall ensure that the child is in attendance at a public school for the duration of each
school year. If a person enrolls a child of age six in a public school, the perso...

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ARSigned into law 04/2001P-12Students Attending Adult Ed. Programs
H.B. 2300
Institutes a monitoring program for students obtaining waivers of school attendance requirements to attend adult education programs....

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NMSigned into law 04/2001P-12Compulsory Attendance Age
H.B. 781
Raises compulsory school attendance age from 16 to age 17....

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WYSigned into law 02/2001P-12State Fair an Excuse for Missing School
S.B. 86
Relates to school districts; requires districts to excuse students participating in the state fair from school attendance....

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NYTo governor 12/2000P-12Compulsory Attendance
S.B. 8071
Increases the age after which a minor may not be required to attend school from 16 to 17....

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TNBecame law without governor's signature 06/2000P-12Tying Drivers License to Attendance
S.B. 3152
Requires State to deny drivers license or permit to student withdrawn from secondary school who has 5 or more unexcused absences while attending course leading to a GED certificate....

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VTSigned into law 06/2000P-12Compulsory School Attendance (part of Safe Schools Bill)
H.B. 270
The age of compulsory school attendance is lowered from age seven to six. ...

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CTSigned into law 05/2000P-12Compulsory Attendance - Age 18
H.B. 5276
Starting July 1, 2001, this act requires students to stay in school until age 18, instead of age 16, unless their parents consent to their leaving school before they turn 18 or graduate. The parent must appear at the school district office to sign a form with...

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TNSigned into law 05/2000P-12Habitual Truancy
S.B. 2425
Establishes standard by which school pupils subject to mandatory attendance are found to be habitual truant or truant; authorizes law enforcement officers and school attendance officers to pick up and deliver truant to parent, guardian, school principal or tru...

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NHSigned into law 04/2000P-12Interstate Agreement for Attendance
S.B. 319
In cases where New Hampshire is party to an interstate school agreement with another state, this bill allows New Hampshire pupils to attend a school which meets the standards established by one of the 2 states. ...

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MSSigned into law 04/2000P-12Law Enforcement authorized for Truancy Prevention
S.B. 3043
Provides that certain law enforcement officers shall be authorized to investigate and file petitions in the proper court against parent or child under the provisions of the State Compulsory School Attendance Law....

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Compulsory Attendance
H.B. 1187
The compulsory attendance age is lowered from seven to six. ...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - School Attendance Zones
H.B. 1187
Allows parents or guardians of students who live closer to a school other than the one to which they are assigned to request to attend the closer school, even if the school is across county lines. The State Board of Education decides if the school is actually ...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Attendance/Driving Privileges
H.B. 490
Requires the juvenile and domestic relations court to order the denial of driving privileges for at least 30 days to any child at least 13 years of age upon a finding that the child has failed to comply with certain school attendance and parent-school conferen...

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VASigned into law 02/2000P-12
Postsec.
K-12 Nonresident Tuition
S.B. 499
Revises the provision authorizing school boards to admit nonresident students and charge such students tuition, to provide that persons of school age who reside beyond the boundaries of the Commonwealth but near thereto in a state or the District of Columbia w...

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