Students - As introduced, revises school attendance requirements and truancy. - Amends TCA Title 37 and Title 49.
  • Bill History
  • Amendments
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  • Summary
  • Fiscal Note
  • Votes
  • Actions For SB3563Date
    Assigned to Gen. Sub of: S. FW&M Comm.04/25/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/25/201204/25/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 4/25/201204/24/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/24/201204/24/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 4/24/201204/23/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/23/201204/20/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 4/18/201204/17/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 4/17/201204/11/2012
    Rec. for pass. w/ am., ref. to S. FW&M Comm. Ayes 8, Nays 0 PNV 004/11/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 4/11/201204/04/2012
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 4/4/201203/28/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 3/28/201203/21/2012
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 3/28/201203/21/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 3/21/201203/14/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.02/01/2012
    P2C, ref. to S. Ed. Comm.02/01/2012
    Intro., P1C.01/30/2012
    Filed for intro.01/26/2012
    Actions For HB3611Date
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 4/24/201204/24/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/17/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/13/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/11/2012
    Placed Behind the Budget 04/11/2012
    Sponsor(s) Added.04/10/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 4/11/201204/04/2012
    Assigned to s/c Finance Subcommittee04/04/2012
    Rec. for Pass. if Am. ref. to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee04/03/2012
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 4/3/201203/28/2012
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 4/3/201203/27/2012
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 3/27/201203/21/2012
    Rec. for pass. if am. by s/c ref. to Education Committee03/21/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 3/21/201203/14/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Education Subcommittee to 3/21/201203/14/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 3/14/201203/07/2012
    Assigned to s/c Education Subcommittee02/01/2012
    P2C, ref. to Education Committee02/01/2012
    Intro., P1C.01/30/2012
    Filed for intro.01/26/2012
  • AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    SA1187Amendment 1-1 to SB3563Fiscal Memo for SA1187 (15239)  
    AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    HA1099Amendment 1-1 to HB3611Fiscal Memo for HA1099 (15239)  

    NOTE: Each fiscal memorandum applies only to the amendment(s) identified in the memorandum. The fiscal memorandum must be matched to any amendments that have been adopted.

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    Bill Summary

    This bill, as described below, adds certain absences to the list of excused absences, revises present law regarding unruly children and habitual truancy, and revises other provisions regarding elementary and secondary school attendance.

    EXCUSED ABSENCES

    Generally, under present law, a student must be granted an excused absence from elementary or secondary school due to the deployment or visitation of a military parent and in accordance with any summons, subpoena, court order, statute or rule, and a student may be granted an excused absence to serve as a page for the Tennessee general assembly or to serve as a poll official.

    This bill specifies that a student must also be granted an excused absence from school when the student:

    (1) Presents a note signed by a parent or guardian requesting that the absence be excused, except that a student may not be excused in this manner more than three times in a semester or six times in a school year for grades 6 - 12 and more than 10 times in a school year for grades K - 5;
    (2) Is bereaved because of a death in the student's immediate family if the student presents as proof of the death an obituary or funeral notice. Excused absences for bereavement are limited to no more than three days per bereavement. "Immediate family" means parents, siblings and grandparents and family members living in the same household as the student. However, a school administrator, at the administrator's discretion, may allow bereavement excused absences for other close family members;
    (3) Is ill or is absent because of the student's medical condition if the student presents a note from a doctor or school nurse attesting to the illness or medical condition; or
    (4) Is absent to visit a college the student may wish to attend if the student is in grades 11 or 12 and notifies the student's school prior to making the college visit. A student may not be granted an excused absence for more than three days for college visits per school year.

    UNRULY CHILDREN AND HABITUAL TRUANCY

    Under present law, a student who has been absent a total of three days without adequate excuse may be deemed habitually truant. A child who is habitually truant from school and who is in need of treatment and rehabilitation is deemed an "unruly child," and, in cases of an unruly child, the juvenile court may order, if best suited for the child's best interest:

    (1) If the child is found to be dependent or neglected, the transfer of temporary legal custody of the child, the granting of permanent guardianship over the child, the restriction of a parent's rights regarding the child, or the commission of the child to the county department of children's services;
    (2) The placement of the child on supervised probation under conditions and limitations the court prescribes;
    (3) The assessment of a fine of up to $50.00 for each offense that constitutes a violation of a state law or municipal ordinance; or
    (4) The child to perform community service work with such work being in compliance with federal and state child labor laws.

    This bill revises the definition of a habitually truant student, to specify that a student who has been absent a total of "five days," instead of "three days" without adequate excuse would be deemed habitually truant. Additionally, this bill specifies that a student who has been absent a total of 10 days without adequate excuse would be deemed chronically truant, and specifies that an unruly child, as described above, would be deemed to be an unruly child, if such child is either "chronically" or "habitually" truant. This bill adds that any student who was deemed chronically truant in the previous semester or school year may be subject to the same consequences as if the student were already classified as habitually truant at the beginning of the current term. These consequences may include attendance contracts, referral to juvenile court, the attendance review committee or teen court and other similar measures developed by a school district to address truancy problems. Additionally, this bill specifies that if a child who is at least 14 years of age is found to be unruly because of habitual or chronic truancy, then the judge must determine whether ordering the child to perform community service is in the child's best interest and, in the judge's discretion, may require the child to perform community service as described above in (4).

    OTHER PROVISIONS REGARDING ATTENDANCE

    This bill requires that an absence be recorded for each five tardies, early dismissals, or combination of tardies and early dismissals that the student receives. The absence would be recorded as excused or unexcused depending on whether the tardies or early dismissals would have been excused or unexcused had the student been absent instead.

    This bill specifies that students may be allowed to earn back attendance time by performing school-sponsored service, such as cleaning up after games. Credit for school-sponsored service is limited to two class periods per semester per class on an equal time basis. Partial credit may not be earned.

  • No fiscal note for this bill.
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

              HB3611 by Miller D - HOUSE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 4/3/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB3611 by Miller D - HOUSE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Education Committee 3/21/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    SB3563 by Gresham - SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: S. FW&M Comm. 4/11/2012
    Passed
              Ayes................................................8
              Noes................................................0

              Senators voting aye were: Berke, Burks, Campfield, Crowe, Gresham, Summerville, Tate, Tracy -- 8.