Urge Legislators to Help Reduce Student Absences, Truancies
You can help fight absenteeism and truancy by contacting your state
Senator and asking her or him to vote for AB 1866, by Assembly
Member Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima). Use
the Contact Your Legislator link at cta.org to identify your
Senator and send an email in support of the measure.
AB 1866 will help reduce student truancy and absenteeism by creating the
state’s first system for collecting and reporting student attendance data. The
bill is part of a five-measure package of legislation sponsored by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to address state
policy on student attendance.
“CTA believes regular attendance is vital to student success,” said CTA
President and kindergarten teacher Dean E. Vogel. “AB 1866 provides a good
opportunity for our state to address a factor that has been impacting student
achievement for years. We are pleased to support this bill sponsored by
Attorney General Harris.” (Read the full text of CTA’s news release on the
Specifically, AB 1866 requires the state to include in its reports to
local school districts and county offices of education precise and longitudinal
statewide records of student absence, chronic absenteeism, truancy, and chronic
truancy. The bill also requires the state to provide information about the
numbers of students in each category. California is one of only four states
that does not collect such data at the state level.
AB 1866 is awaiting action on the state Senate floor.