Harris testifies in support of school truancy bill 

District Attorney Kamala Harris is supporting a state bill that would document a student’s chronic truancy on his or her permanent school record in a way that will “follow the child.”

You know, kind of like a criminal record.

Harris was set to testify this morning before the California Senate Education Committee in support of a bill battling school truancy, the district attorney’s office said.

The bill, SB 1148, would add language into the state education code defining chronic truancy as “unexcused absences of 10 percent or more of the school year” and mandates that “the attendance information be a part of the child’s permanent school record,” the DA said.

Harris’ testimony comes a day after a shooting near a school in which the gun involved was found on school property. New information about the incident indicates that some of the suspects were truant students.

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