Bill Aimed at Tackling Truancy Passes Ohio House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a bill that seeks to decriminalize truancy and require schools to do more to address the problem.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the bill overwhelmingly passed in the House on Wednesday. It will now go to the Senate.

The bill requires schools to provide earlier notice to parents that students are missing class. Schools would also be pushed to use diversionary programs and intervention teams to form a plan to get the youth back in school, before filing a complaint in court.

Proponents say an important part of the bill is that attendance teams are given the authority to determine if the student is making progress

Schools and courts would have to report more data on how they’re dealing with truancy.