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March 18, 2014 > Attorney General and legislative leaders unveil truancy legislation

Attorney General and legislative leaders unveil truancy legislation

Submitted By Office of Department of Justice

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced a package of legislation to help local school districts and communities address CaliforniaÕs elementary school truancy crisis. Each year, an estimated one million elementary school students are truant and 250,000 elementary school students miss 18 or more school days at a cost of $1.4 billion in lost funds to California school districts.

Joined by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, State Senator Bill Monning and Assemblymembers Raul Bocanegra, Rob Bonta, Joan Buchanan, Isadore Hall and Chris Holden, Attorney General Harris announced her sponsorship of five bills that will help schools, parents and government effectively intervene when children are chronically absent, and improve local school districtsÕ and countiesÕ ability to track attendance patterns.

ÒCaliforniaÕs Constitution guarantees our children the right to an education, yet our elementary schools face a truancy crisis,Ó Attorney General Harris said. ÒWhen children in kindergarten through sixth grade miss school, they fall behind and too many never catch up. The consequences for CaliforniaÕs economy and public safety are very serious. These bills modernize attendance monitoring and build the support schools, parents and communities need to get CaliforniaÕs children to class.Ó

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