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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: September 5, 2014 09:21 AM
From: Representative Kerry A. Benninghoff
To: All House members
Subject: Truancy Advisory Committee
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to examine truancy across the Commonwealth. The advisory committee will be comprised of representatives of the Department of Education, educational organizations, the judiciary, district attorneys, law enforcement, public organizations involved in truancy issues, and other organizations selected by the Joint State Government Commission.

Specifically, my resolution directs the advisory committee to study the following:
  • Current truancy laws and policy;
  • Barriers and best practices regarding education success and stability;
  • Court competencies;
  • Data collection; and
  • Measurement of educational outcomes for children in foster care;
  • Statutes, best practices and legislative initiatives in other states; and
  • Studies or initiatives promoted by national educational advocacy organizations relating to truancy; and
  • Specific enforcement in charter and cyber charter schools be reviewed by charter and cyber charter operatives
The advisory committee will issue a report of its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than one year after the date of adoption of the resolution.

As our truancy laws and policies have not been thoroughly examined or fundamentally changed since the early 1990s, and with the rise of charter and cyber charter schools, this resolution is a needed step in updating our truancy laws and policies.

Introduced as HR1032