School attendance; Board of Education to study causes of chronic school absenteeism, etc. (HJ123)

Introduced By

Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; chronic school absenteeism; report.  Requests the Board of Education to study the causes of chronic school absenteeism and the efficacy of establishing uniform requirements for maximum absences from school attendance. In conducting its study, the Board of Education shall (i) determine the causes of and the extent to which chronic school absenteeism is a problem in Virginia, providing an analysis by grade and school division; (ii) determine whether and how the state's compulsory school attendance and school attendance laws and Board policies governing unexcused absences and truancy and dropout prevention address the problem of chronic school absenteeism; (iii) assess the impact of suspensions, expulsions, and other disciplinary actions on chronic school absenteeism; (iv) review and consider the best practices of local school divisions and other states to address chronic school absenteeism; (v) evaluate the need for conformity in statutory and policy requirements pertaining to chronic school absenteeism, including requirements for "make-up" classes or class work for both excused and unexcused absences; and (vi) recommend to the General Assembly such changes to state law and public policies, including funding and sound research-based innovations, as the Board may deem appropriate and necessary to effect a comprehensive approach to chronic school absenteeism. The Board must submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and 2014 Session of the General Assembly. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100445D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Rules
01/20/2012Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/14/2012Left in Rules