SEA 338 establishes a commission to study and evaluate habitual truancy and excessive absenteeism that should begin meeting during the summer of 2013. Perhaps the most striking discussion point will be the possibility of withdrawing federal aid to families who have children who are not attending school.
The commission is charged to:
- The development of definitions of excused and unexcused absences from school.
- The effectiveness of voluntary agreements between school corporations and courts having juvenile jurisdiction in providing court supervised educational programs, alternative programs, or diversion programs for students who are habitually truant, suspended, or expelled from school, including: (A) the number and types of agreements and programs in Indiana, (B) the effects of programs on families and students, and (C) the success of the programs in reintegrating students into the classroom.
- Evidence based practices and model programs for reducing absenteeism and supporting student engagement and achievement.
- The feasibility of modifying Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program eligibility for households to include school attendance requirements for students.
- Any other issue related to student absenteeism.