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Pennsylvania’s Truancy Law as of 2017-2018 School Year

In Your Favor School Law Journal: Pennsylvania’s Truancy Law as of 2017-2018 School Year

In early November, Governor Wolf signed HB 1907 into law.  The new legislation was drafted to improve school attendance and deter truancy through a comprehensive approach to consistently identify and address attendance issues in order to:

  1. Preserve the unity of the family whenever possible;
  2. Avoid student’s removal from the home / possible entry of a student into the foster care system; and
  3. Confine a person in parental relation to a student who is habitually truant only as a last resort.

As promised in Stock and Leader’s October newsflash discussing the proposed Pennsylvania Senate and House truancy Bills, summarizes the areas of the new truancy law that are different from the current/old law (Note: the new law was signed by the Governor to go into effect immediately, but will not actually go into effect until school year 2017-2018). Read on…

In Your Favor: Stock and Leader School Law Journal is a biannual publication focused on providing in-depth analysis on federal and state education legislation.

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