DC legislation would send truant teenagers to social service programs instead of court

DC legislation would send truant teenagers to social service programs instead of court


The Council of the District of Columbia will consider emergency legislation that would send truant teenagers to social service programs instead of court.

The measure, introduced by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, would establish a temporary pilot program at five Washington high schools that had truancy rates greater than 50% last school year.

Under the legislation, the schools would refer students with 15 unexcused full-day absences to the Department of Human Services.

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The DHS would publish a report in August 2025 describing the most common truancy intervention services that students referred to the agency used, the most common reasons for student absenteeism, the performance of students before and after they were referred to the DHS, and the performance and attendance outcomes of the five schools

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