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House Bill 13-1021 - Compulsory School Attendance

posted Jan 22, 2013, 11:47 AM by Dicia Kemp

Sponsors: Rep. Rhonda Fields, Senator Edie Hudak

The Arcs are following House Bill 13-1021 and your input is needed. Please consider emailing Darla at dsarcaurora@aol.com to share how this proposed bill would impact your child with disabilities.

The bill requires each school district to monitor student attendance and to identify:

  • each student who is chronically absent. A student is chronically absent if he or she is absent, excused or unexcused, for 10 percent or more of the school year;
  • each student who has a significant number of unexcused absences; and
  • each student who is habitually truant. A student is habitually truant if he or she has 4 unexcused absences in one month or 10 unexcused absences in a school year.

If a student is chronically absent, the school district must implement best practices and research-based strategies to improve the student's attendance, including contacting the local collaborative management group, juvenile support services group, or other local community services group to coordinate the creation of a multidisciplinary plan to improve the student's school attendance.

Further, the bill says that a school district shall initiate court proceedings to enforce school attendance requirements but only if implementation of the student's multidisciplinary plan is unsuccessful. If a school district initiates court proceedings, it must submit evidence of the student's attendance record and the efforts made to improve the student's attendance. If the court issues an order to compel attendance, the order must also require the parent and student to cooperate in implementing the multidisciplinary plan.

Under current law, the court may sentence the student to detention if the student does not comply with the valid court order. The bill limits the term of detention to no more than 5 days.

Under current law, a person who is 17 years of age or older may take the GED. A student who is 16 years of age may take the GED, but only if the student provides evidence that the GED is necessary for the student to participate in an educational or vocational program. Under the bill, a student who is 16 years of age and who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court may take the GED if the judicial officer or administrative hearing officer finds it is in the student's best interest to do so.

 

The bill clarifies that a school district that is required to provide educational services to a juvenile detention facility shall provide the services for a number of hours comparable to the compulsory school attendance requirements and that these educational services align with, and are designed to enable juveniles to meet, the state model content standards.
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