Quantcast

Bill: Fewer consequences for smart Utah school truants

Published March 5, 2014 7:41 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A House committee on Wednesday endorsed a bill that lightens the consequences for students with good grades who skip school.

The House Education Committee, by a vote of 11-2, advanced HB399 to the full House.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, would mean truants who are at least 16 and have 3.5 or higher grade point averages could not be taken to juvenile court.

That's the last resort for a school, after it sends letters to the student's home, trying to encourage attendance.

Schools could still enforce their own consequences, such as not letting students with poor attendance graduate, Gibson said.

If a student has a 3.5 GPA, "They're mastering the content. They know what's going on," Gibson said.

Rep. Marie Poulson, D-Cottonwood Heights, and Rep. Jim Nielson, R-Bountiful, opposed changing the rules.

Even good kids or smart kids can get in trouble if they're not in school, Poulson said.

Nielson said he didn't think it wise to change the rules for kids who get good grades. "I don't think it helps our kids to avoid consequences."

kmoulton@sltrib.com

USER COMMENTS
Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus