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February 9, 2006

House Bill 594: Increasing School Attendance Rates

Sponsors:
Representatives Botzow, Endres, Barnard, Clark, Cross, Donaghy, Jerman, Klein, LaVoie, Livingston, Mook, Morrissey, and Potter.

Summary:
This bill would provide monetary incentives to school districts that increase their attendance rates by a specified percentage. It also provides that a child's failure to attend school for 20 or more days while not excused or exempted shall constitute reasonable cause to believe that the child is abused or neglected.

Status:

1/6/2006(H) 1st Reading
1/6/2006(H) Assigned to Education Committee

Action Requested:
None at this time. HSLDA has been assured that this bill is not going to pass.

HSLDA's Position:
This bill should be opposed. A child who is learning is not "neglected." This bill would treat paperwork neglect as if it were actual child neglect.

 Other Resources

Feb.-7-2006—Vermont—Good News on Educational Neglect Bill

Feb.-6-2006—Vermont—Your Calls Needed to Stop Changes to Educational Neglect Law!

Bill Text

Bill History