House Passes Bill To Combat Student Truancy

Rep. Jeff Rezabek (R-Dayton) (Andy Chow / Statehouse Bureau)
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by Andy Chow

A new system to prevent truant students from being thrown out of school is moving forward. 
  
The House just passed a bill requiring schools to create intervention teams that would step in when a child is consistently absent. 
 
That team will meet with the student and their parents to try to fix the situation to avoid going to court. 
 
Republican Representative Jeff Rezabek of Dayton says they wanted to give more power to each school because every case is different.
 
Rezabek: “This is all about making sure the child becomes educated and can be a prosperous citizen in the future. That’s why we wanted that team approach that individual approach to address that truancy.”
 
The state’s two biggest teachers unions say they’re neutral right now but welcome the opportunity to add more input to the issue.
 

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