Lawmakers Try to Tackle Truancy

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A recently-advanced bill that would mean fewer juvenile offenders tried in adult court, also includes an amendment to help address school attendance issues.

Omaha Senator Brad Ashford proposed the amendment.

It was adopted 28-0.

The amendment would create a Council on Student Attendance, made up of a member of a school board in the state, two parents of a student in the state, and a district superintendent, all appointed by the Governor.

The council would study absentee policies, see if they're working, and look for ways to improve.

The amendment also requires school districts report to the Legislature annually.

Sen. Ashford says addressing absenteeism is the first line of defense in reducing youth violence and incarceration.

“We are arriving at a place where parents and schools and the juvenile justice system can work collaboratively to identify those children who are in significant need of further help,” says Ashford.

The bill is being prepared for a final reading, when senators will put the issue to a vote.

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