Still Absent on Truancy

The Board of Education has the duty and authority “to see that the [mandatory attendance laws] are properly enforced throughout the Commonwealth.”  Notwithstanding that requirement, the Board does not even collect information to allow it to assess school or division compliance with the law.

The Board started a regulatory process on July 22, 2010 with a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action.  They got around to adopting (a vastly unlawful) regulation in 2012, but withdrew it when some fellow sued them over their statutory and procedural errors.  In a reproposed regulation of January 10, 2013, the Board set out to emasculate the (already weak) regulation by defining “truancy” to include only full-day absences, notwithstanding the state law the requires attendance “for the same number of days and hours per day as the public schools.”

The Board approved its newly weakened regulation on January 10, 2013.  They got around to publishing the regulation for public comment on Oct. 23, 2015.

The public comment period closed on December 2, 2015 but the Board did not manage to schedule the matter for action until the April 28, 2016 [Item G.] meeting.  Somewhere between the posting of the agenda and the meeting, someone had a change of heart:  Without discussion or even mention, consideration of the regulation was “withdrawn” [at 3:17:38].

In the meantime, Richmond (doubtless among many other divisions) is violating the truancy laws wholesale.

And the Board of Education wallows along in its own disinclination to lawfully serve the students, parents, and taxpayers of Virginia.