House Bill 2197: Defines Habitual Truancy as Neglect

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Last Updated: March 14, 2013
House Bill 2197: Defines Habitual Truancy as Neglect
Sponsors:
Delegate Miley, Delegate Longstreth, Delegate Barill, Delegate Jones, Delegate Stowers, Delegate Manchin and Delegate Boggs
Summary:

House Bill ("HB") 2197 would define a child who is habitually absent from school without good cause to be a "neglected child." Two similar bills, SB 404 and HB 2765 are also moving through the legislature.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

Truancy laws are already adequate to handle absence from school and families should not be at risk of having their children taken away just for missing school. This would affect any family that wants to withdraw their child from school immediately but would risk “habitual truancy” if they chose not to abide by the 14 day waiting period in the homeschool law. HSLDA believes that any waiting period is unconstitutional.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:
2/13/2013 (House) Introduced and Referred to Education Committee

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