TASK FORCE TO COMBAT HABITUAL STUDENT TRUANCY


[photo, Holmes Hall, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland] Vacancy, Chair (chosen by President, Morgan State University)

Appointed by Senate President: Joan Carter Conway

Appointed by House Speaker: Edith J. Patterson

Appointed by President, Morgan State University: one vacancy

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Holmes Hall, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, August 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


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Ex officio: Brian F. Frosh, Attorney General; Dennis R. Schrader, Secretary of Health; Lourdes R. Padilla, Secretary of Human Services; Sam. J. Abed, Secretary of Juvenile Services.

Staff: Claude E. Hitchcock

c/o Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21251
(443) 885-3938
e-mail: claude.hitchcock@morgan.edu


Report to Governor & General Assembly due July 1, 2017 (Chapter 266, Acts of 2016).

In July 2016, the Task Force to Combat Habitual Student Truancy formed (Chapter 266, Acts of 2016).

The Task Force is to study and assess first how the structure and effectiveness of the State's truancy courts might be improved; and second, whether chronic student absenteeism influences student truancy rates.

Currently, local school systems track habitually truant students, those who are unlawfully absent for 20 percent, or more, of school days. The Task Force will identify best practices for recording and maintaining records of student absences and the appropriate time for notifying pupil personnel workers, when a student chronically is absent or habitually truant. To reduce such truancy, the Task Force will determine how State agencies could work collaboratively towards solutions. Further, the Task Force will consider the efficacy of requiring evening high school programs in each school system; changing the current admissions policies for alternative programs; expanding to all counties the Child in Need of Supervision Pilot Program; and allowing school personnel to file with the court Child in Need of Assistance petitions. Finally, the Task Force will make recommendations on how best to combat habitual student truancy in Maryland.

Authorization for the Task Force ends June 30, 2018.

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