D.C. Council Introduces Truancy Bill

1/26/2013, 5:48 p.m.

Members of the D.C. Council recently introduced a bill that will help eradicate truancy among the District's public school students.

The "Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013," which has the support of council members David A. Catania, Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry, Jack Evans and David Grosso, seeks to amend previous legislation to require compulsory school attendance by primarily holding parents more accountable.

In the event the bill is approved, parents of minors who have neglected their child's school attendance could be ordered to perform community service, attend parenting classes or to pay a fine.

Truancy in the District is generally defined as students having missed 10 or more unexcused absences from school within an academic term.