I strongly disagree with this proposal. Rather than allowing students to skip school with impunity, we need to fund our schools adequately to allow them to prevent truancy and absenteeism.
The State Board examined this issue in the spring. In April, we passed a resolution calling on OSSE to examine the impact of the 80/20 rule and the resources needed to fully implement the current rules.
Ultimately, we know attendance matters and attendance is a key predictor of graduation as well as academic performance. Our city should not be moving towards a system that counts students who show up for a small fraction of their day as 'present.' Not to mention the provisions in this proposal that allow schools to not count absences the last ten days of the year... we already see way too many classrooms packed up days before the year ends.
Further, the State Board's statutory authority includes the approval of "state rules for enforcing school attendance requirements."