Hearing on Truancy Reform Initiatives


Truancy and the Implementation of Truancy Reform Initiatives

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmembers David Grosso and Kenyan McDuffie announce a public roundtable of the Committee of the Whole, the Committee on Education, and the Committee on the Judiciary on Truancy and the Implementation of Truancy Reform Initiatives in the District. The roundtable will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015 in Hearing Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building. This roundtable notice has been revised to add the Committee on the Judiciary.

The stated purpose of this roundtable is to receive testimony from government witnesses and partners, including the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, the Child and Family Services Agency, the District of Columbia Public Schools, the Public Charter School Board, and the Justice Grants Administration regarding truancy in the District and the continued implementation of truancy reform initiatives required by the Safe Children and Safe Neighborhoods Educational Neglect Mandatory Reporting Amendment Act of 2010, South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012, and the Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196, or email Christina Setlow, Deputy Committee Director, at csetlow@dccouncil.us, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Thursday, June 25, 2015. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on June 25, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the roundtable. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.

If you are unable to testify at the roundtable, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 13, 2015.