The legislature has been discussing a bill that allows districts and state agencies to share information about students who miss more than 10 days of school. The bill from Senator Brad Ashford of Omaha aims to provide more information to find the reasons why children are missing school and get them back in the classroom. Senator Rich Pauls of Omaha says missing school means missing important skills. He read off numbers from the Cozad school district showing nearly half the school missed 10 days in one year.
“You can’t educate a person, unless they are in front of you.”
A bill passed last year also addresses truancy and Ashford says it has allowed prosecutors to get involved with families where children are frequently not showing up in the classroom.