Model School Code on Education and Dignity

3.4 Truancy Prevention and Dismantling Status Offense Laws

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Section 3.4 on Truancy Prevention and Dismantling Status Offense Laws directs schools to respond to truancy and improve attendance rates through prevention and intervention strategies, not through criminal penalties, tickets or fines. It calls on school systems and juvenile and criminal justice systems to end the criminalization of students for all status offenses, including for truancy.

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