Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Keep Kids in School Wins Assembly Approval

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(SACRAMENTO) – Legislation by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to ensure students attend and stay in school passed the Assembly today. AB 2815 promotes a culture of attendance by giving district attendance supervisors new ways to address the root causes of chronic absenteeism.

“The first step to educating our children is getting them into the classroom,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and teacher with 20 years of experience. “AB 2815 broadens the role of attendance supervisors so they can take a proactive approach to keeping kids in school and on the path toward graduation.”

Under current law, school districts and county offices of education appoint attendance supervisors to enforce mandatory attendance requirements. AB 2815 updates the responsibilities of attendance supervisors to encourage the use of supportive strategies designed to help kids stay in school. Through early intervention tactics, such as counseling referrals and engagement with local child welfare services, school attendance supervisors will be able to move beyond simple enforcement and foster regular attendance.

The bill now moves on to the Senate.