D.C. Public Schools has provided to Councilmember David Grosso, chairperson of the Committee on Education, data he requested at the May 10 hearing on school attendance. At the hearing, Grosso requested from interim DCPS Chancellor the number of seniors who, but for their absences, would meet requirements for graduation. DCPS provided that data on May 11th, stating that 80 seniors, or 2.2 percent of the class of 2018 cohort, were not on track to graduate based solely on absences.
You can read the updated DCPS Graduation Report here.
Today, Councilmember David Grosso and Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced the “School Attendance Clarification Amendment Act of 2015.” This legislation amends the District of Columbia’s compulsory school attendance laws based on lessons learned from the implementation of the South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012 and the Attendance Accountability Act of 2013. Many elements of the bill came from the work of the interagency Truancy Taskforce, which has been meeting over the past year to improve D.C.’s response to school attendance.