|UT||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Exception to Issuing Habitual Truant Citation|
Provides a habitual truant citation may not be issued to a habitual truant who is at least 16 years old and has at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/hbillenr/HB0399.pdf...
|WV||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Transformative System of Support for Early Literacy|
To ensure that all students read proficiently by the end of third grade, a statewide comprehensive approach to early literacy is required. Requires focus on supports during the early learning years which include schools and engaged communities mobilized to rem...
|DC||Signed into law 07/2013||pre-K-12||Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013|
Establishes truancy procedures with inter-agency coordination, and requires the Office of the Attorney General to submit an annual truancy status report. Requires that a truancy prevention resource guide be available by August 1, 2013; requires the Office of t...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Attendance and Student Final Grade|
H.B. 5 - Attendance and Student Final Grade
Provides that any student in grades K-12 may not receive a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered. Permits a student who attends 75% but less than 90% of class days to receive a final grade...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Driving Privileges|
Requires the principal of a public school or his/her designee to provide certain pupils with a written statement verifying that the pupil has complied with certain attendance requirements. Authorizes a school police officer or certain other persons to impose a...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Improving School Attendance|
Encourages each school district to establish attendance procedures for identifying chronically absent students, and to implement best practices and research-based strategies to improve the attendance of chronically absent students. Permits local attendance pol...
|DE||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Earlier Truancy Intervention|
Implements recommendations from the Truancy Task Force by changing provisions of the Delaware Code regarding compulsory attendance and when a truancy case must be brought to the Truancy Court. Specifically, school attendance requirements apply to enrolled stud...
|IL||Passed 05/2013||P-12||Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force|
Creates the Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force. Establishes membership. Directs the task force to examine issues and make recommendations related to current state board and City of Chicago School District 299 policies regarding truancy and excessive ...
|IN||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Absenteeism|
Requires the department of education to provide resources and guidance to school corporations concerning evidence-based practices and effective strategies to reduce absenteeism. Makes changes to the definition of: (1) chronic absenteeism; and (2) habitual trua...
|MD||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12||Truancy|
Requires each local board of education to develop a system of active intervention for any K-12 student who is chronically absent from school, defined by being unlawfully absent more than 8 school days in any quarter, 15 days in any semester, or 20 days in a sc...
|MT||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Revises Truancy Laws|
Revise school truancy laws. Defines "truant" or "truancy" as the persistent nonattendance without excuse, as defined by district policy, for all or any part of a school day equivalent to the length of one class period of a child required to attend a school. If...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||School Attendance and Absenteeism|
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.
|CA||Signed into law 09/2012||P-12||Truancy|
From bill summary: Identifies specific reasons that constitute a valid excuse for which a pupil may be absent from school for purposes of being classified as a truant. Revises certain penalties resulting from the issuance of specified truancy reports, and spec...
|MA||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Student Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School|
Requires districts to continue to provide educational services to students who have been suspended or expelled. Requires principals to ensure that students who are suspended from school for 10 or fewer consecutive days, whether in or out of school, shall have ...
|RI||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Truancy Cannot Result in Out-of-School Suspension|
H.B. 7287 and S.B. 2542
Prohibits schools from considering a students truancy or absenteeism as a basis for using an out-of-school suspension as a disciplinary action.
|IL||Adopted 05/2012||P-12||School Success Task Force Extended|
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...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Attendance Records, Unexcused Absences|
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...
|GA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||Administration and Enforcement of Compulsory Attendance Laws|
H.B. 706 - Administration and Enforcement of Compulsory Attendance Laws
Clarifies that responsibility for administration and enforcement of compulsory attendance laws is the duty of the state department of education as well as local systems (previous legislation referred only to duty of local systems). Places responsibility for r...
|VA||Vetoed 04/2012||P-12||Regulations to Address Truancy|
Requires the Board of Education to promulgate regulations by July 1, 2013, to address truancy. In promulgating these regulations, the Board shall address the following: (i) provisions for early intervention at the school level for repeated unexcused absences; ...
|SD||Signed into law 02/2012||P-12||Attendance of Children Receiving Alternative Instruction.|
Revises certain provisions regarding the excuse from attendance of children receiving alternative instruction.http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bills/HB1005ENR.pdf...
|TX||Signed into law 05/2011||P-12||Adjudication of Cases Regarding Failure to Attend School and Parent Contributing to Nonattendance|
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...
|IL||Adopted 05/2011||P-12||School Success Task Force|
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...
|CO||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Truancy Policies|
Encourages school districts and courts to consider detention and incarceration as a last resort approach for addressing the problem of student truancy.
|CA||Signed into law 10/2010||P-12||Truants|
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.)
|CA||Signed into law 09/2010||P-12||Chronic Truant|
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 ...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2010||P-12||Student Attendance Policies|
Revises compulsory school attendance, and habitual student absence or tardiness policies.
|GA||Vetoed 06/2010||P-12||Compulsory 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...
|NH||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Truancy|
Makes various changes to the laws on truancy; provides for excused absences, parental responsibility and petitions for children in need of services.
|ID||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12||Truancy|
Amends existing law relating to education to revise the definition of "habitual truant," to provide for a certain designee and to provide that a child who is an habitual truant shall come under the purview of the Juvenile Corrections Act if he or she was withi...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2010||P-12||Parental Notification of Nonattendance|
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 ...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Truancy Reporting|
S.B. 1977 - Truancy Reporting
Existing language requires reporting of truancy data only in Chicago. Amendment requires all regional superintendents, district superintendents and special education joint agreement directors to collect data on truants, chronic truants and truant minor student...
|ND||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Student Absences|
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 ...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Truancy and Tardiness Policies|
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...
|WA||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Truancy|
Changes provisions involving truancy; related to a requirement that a school inform a child's parent if the child fails to attend school; provides for notification in the language in which the child's parent is fluent; declares the intent of the legislation to...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Suspension/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.
|NM||Signed into law 04/2009||P-12||Compulsory Attendance and Unexcused Absenses|
Changes terms and notice provisions of compulsory attendance policies; clarifies how unexcused absences are determined; requires reports.
|CO||Adopted 01/2009||P-12||Attendance 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.
|IL||Signed into law 12/2008||P-12||Truancy|
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...
Requires a public school, school district, and county office of education that issues a device that uses radio frequency identification for the purpose of recording attendance or establishing or tracking the location of a pupil to notify and obtain written con...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Habitual Truancy and Habitual Tardiness|
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...
|NH||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Committee to Study Truancy Laws|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Status Offenders|
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...
|MD||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Response 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...
|CO||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||Student Truancy and Attendance Reporting|
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 ...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Reporting of Absences Due to Detainment|
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.
|WA||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||Truancy Fines|
Courts must remit fifty percent of the fines collected in truancy court judgements against parents (who allow their children to skip school unexcused) to the child's school district.
|UT||Adopted 10/2007||P-12||Truancy Prevention|
Adopts rules in compliance with 2007 H.B. 207. Amends definition of "habitual truant." Requires local boards and charter school boards to develop a truancy policy that encourages regular, punctual attendance of students, and to review the policy annually. Requ...
|CA||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Funding state mandates|
Requires the Commission on State Mandates to amend the parameters and guidelines regarding the notification of truancy mandate program and definition of a truant and the elements included in the initial truancy notifications to conform to existing law. Provide...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Truancy and Assessment and Service Centers|
Gives permanent status to truancy and assessment and service centers (which were initially established through a pilot program). Deletes language directing the Families in Need of Services program to serve in a coordinating and facilitating capacity for the ce...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2007||P-12||Student Truancy Policy|
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.
|NV||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Pupil Truancy|
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...
|DE||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12||Enhanced Truancy Court Activities|
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...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Student Record Transfer|
Provides that for purposes of establishing a student's status as a truant, the student's attendance record is cumulative for an entire school year. Directs the state department of education to assure that the student information system facilitates the collecti...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||School Truancy & Compulsory Education Updates|
Directs a local school board, local charter board, or school district to preapprove an extended absence of a school-age minor if it is determined that the absence will not adversely impact the school-age minor's education; describes compulsory education requir...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Chronic Truants|
Provides that counties and municipalities may adopt ordinances to regulate truants within their jurisdiction and may impose a graduated fine schedule for repeat violations, or community service, or both. Provides that if the violator is under 10 years of age, ...
|MO||To Governor 06/2006||P-12||15 or More Absences|
In any city not within a county where a student accumulates 15 or more absences during any one school year, the child's school district must report absences to the division of family services, children's division, within 10 business days of the 15 day of absen...
|KY||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Truancy|
Relates to pupil attendance policies; permits an assistant to the director of pupil personnel to perform the required duties of the director of pupil personnel; requires that the school be notified of the home conditions of habitual truants rather than all stu...
|LA||Adopted 02/2006||P-12||Truancy Assessment and Service Centers|
Authorizes the Office of Family Support to enter into Memoranda of Understanding or contracts to establish Truancy Assessment and Service Centers designed to identify, assess, and intervene to ensure that children in kindergarten through sixth grade attend sch...
|LA||Emergency Rule Adoption 10/2005||P-12||Truancy Assessment and Service Centers|
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:...
|NC||Signed into law 08/2005||P-12||Increased penalty for truancy|
AN ACT to increase the penalty for aiding and abetting a student's unlawful absence from school. Any person who aids or abets a student's unlawful absence from the School shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. http://www.ncleg.net/Session...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2005||P-12||Parent Responsibility for Truant Children|
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...
|NH||Signed into law 05/2005||P-12||Truancy Defined|
I. For the purposes of this subdivision, "truancy" means an unexcused absence from school or class and "unexcused absence" is an absence without parental or administrative permission.
II. Twenty half days of unexcused absence during a school...
|KY||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Habitual Truancy|
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...
|ID||Signed into law 03/2005||P-12||Habitual Truant|
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...
|NJ||To governor 12/2004||P-12||School Time Curfew Ordinances|
Permits municipalities to adopt school-time curfew ordinances for juveniles....
|OH||Rule Adoption 10/2004||P-12||Education Program for Parents of Truant Students|
Amends rules relating to the establishment of an education program for parents of truant students. OHIO REG 11546 (SN)...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2004||P-12||Compulsory 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...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2004||P-12||Compulsory School Age; Alternative Education|
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...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Juvenile Service Center Truancy and Assessment|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||School Attendance Enforcement|
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...
|IN||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Reporting Student Absenteeism|
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...
|WI||Signed into law 11/2003||P-12||Dispositional Orders for Truancy|
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....
|DE||Signed into law 07/2003||P-12||Truancy|
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...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2003||P-12||Truancy Court|
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...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Truancy Charges Against Parents and Students|
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...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Truancy Prevention|
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....
|LA||Signed into law 04/2002||P-12||Truancy and Assessment and Service Centers|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 01/2002||P-12||Omnibus Bill -- Truancy, Dropout Prevention Components|
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...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2000||P-12||Mandatory Student Attendance|
Authorizes, until 01/01/05, a court to order a person who is convicted for failing to comply with the attendance laws, as specified, to immediately enroll the child in the appropriate school or educational program and provide proof of enrollment to the court. ...
|DE||Signed into law 06/2000||P-12||Increased Penalties for Truancy|
Increases the penalties for a violation of compulsory school attendance requirements by parents; gives jurisdiction over parental violations exclusively to the Justice of the Peace Court; gives a public school the authority to send a truant student to a Justic...
|TN||Became law without governor's signature 06/2000||P-12||Tying Drivers License to Attendance|
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....
|TN||Signed into law 05/2000||P-12||Habitual Truancy|
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...