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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
School absenteeism. Makes changes to the definition of: (1) chronic absenteeism; and (2) habitual truant. Requires school corporations and schools to identify contributing factors to absenteeism and to develop chronic absence reduction plans. Provides that a school corporation must include the number of students who are habitually truant in the school corporation's annual performance report. Provides that a school corporation's strategic and continuous school improvement plan must include objectives relating to the educational needs of students who are chronically absent or habitually truant from school. Requires school corporations to share data on high chronic absence schools with the department of education (department) and with the office of the secretary of family and social services for the purpose of targeting allocation of resources and identifying or developing programs to improve student attendance. Provides that a student may not receive a graduation waiver unless the student has at least a 95% attendance rate. (Current law provides that a student must have at least a 95% attendance rate, excluding excused absences.) Provides that out-of-school suspension is an excused absence. Provides that a student participating in a court assisted resolution of a suspension or an expulsion case is not considered absent from school if the student is present for court supervised educational services or making up classroom assignments. Requires a public school and a nonpublic school to make its daily attendance record open to inspection to enable timely reporting and monitoring of chronic absenteeism and habitual truancy. Provides that a superintendent and a court having juvenile jurisdiction may enter into a voluntary agreement for a court assisted resolution of chronic absenteeism. Makes conforming amendments.