Senate Bill 404 and House Bill 2765: Defines Habitual Truancy as Neglect

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Senate Bill 404 and House Bill 2765: Defines Habitual Truancy as Neglect
House Senate
Sponsors:
Delegate Miley, Delegate Skinner, Delegate Shott, Delegate Manchin and Delegate Hunt
Sponsors:
Senator Cookman, Senator Stollings, Senator Miller, Senator Williams, Senator Fitzsimmons, Senator Green and Senator Palumbo
Summary:

House Bill ("HB") 2765 would define a child who is habitually absent from school without good cause to be a "neglected child."

Summary:

Senate Bill ("SB") 404 would define a child who is habitually absent from school without good cause to be a "neglected child."

Status:

2/28/2013     (House)     Introduced and Referred to Education Committee

Status:

3/1/2013     (Senate)     Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
3/13/2013     (Senate)     Passed Education Committee and referred to Judiciary Committee
3/20/2013     (Senate)     Passed first reading
3/22/2013     (Senate)     Referred to Finance Committee on Second Reading

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.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

See House bill.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

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Senate Bill History