Tuesday, February 12, 2013

CM Grosso on school attendance, expulsions, and suspensions

From the office of CM Grosso:
For Immediate Release
February 12, 2013
Contact: Dionne Johnson Calhoun
(202) 724-8105

Councilmember David Grosso Addresses School Expulsions and Suspensions in Attendance Bill

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to address the issue of truancy within the District's public school system, Councilmember David Grosso (I-At-Large) included a provision in the "Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013" that calls for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to submit to the Council a report with recommendations for each school official to eliminate out of school expulsions and suspension except for those students who pose a threat. The Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Education will hold a joint public hearing on the bill today, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The "Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013" aims to enhance school attendance and to hold parents accountable for students that have 10 unexcused absences within one school year. If the bill is enacted, parents who fail to comply could be mandated to complete community service hours, attend parenting classes or pay a fine.

"Students that are expelled or suspended are more likely to drop-out, more likely to be truant and more likely to do poorly in school. As we continue to strengthen the District's public school system, we can and must eliminate suspensions or expulsions when safety is not at risk. We must ensure that our kids are getting to school each day and staying in school, and it is my job to engage parents and educators and to get them involved in the process of reforming our school system," said Councilmember Grosso.

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