LINCOLN (AP) — Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill designed to reduce unexcused student absences in Nebraska's public schools.
The measure advanced Thursday through its third and final vote, 46-2. It has been sent to Gov. Dave Heineman, who identified the bill as one of his legislative priorities.
Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford has said that his proposal (LB463) seeks to address truancy that has reached a crisis level, with 23,000 students statewide who missed more than 20 school days last year. Roughly 82,000 have missed more than 10 days.
The bill would require school districts to create policies for excessive absences caused by illness, and mandate information sharing among child welfare officials, courts and other groups.