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The high school dropout epidemic is one of the biggest challenges facing our state, but educators and policymakers need an accurate measurement of the dropout rate to appropriately address the issue. House Bill 196 responds to a June 2010 article in the Houston Chronicle that raises the possibility that schools may be miscategorizing middle and high school dropouts as students who withdrew for the purpose of home schooling. Read & Follow the Bill
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The high school dropout epidemic is one of the biggest challenges facing our state, but educators and policymakers need an accurate measurement of the dropout rate to appropriately address the issue. House Bill 196 responds to a June 2010 article in the Houston Chronicle that raises the possibility that schools may be miscategorizing middle and high school dropouts as students who withdrew for the purpose of home schooling. HB 196 aims to help Texas get a more accurate accounting of the dropout rate by requiring a written statement of intent from a parent, guardian or qualified student indicating intent to withdraw for home schooling purposes. This will lend uniformity to school record keeping practices and in turn give legislators a more accurate portrait of the dropout crisis.

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(Travis County) February 14, 2011, 1:39 pm report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education (2/11/11)
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(Travis County) February 9, 2011, 10:21 am report abuse
Olga
(Harris County) February 1, 2011, 9:32 am Thumbs Up report abuse
The bill is necessary to help keep accurate data on students who leave our schools. The calculation of dropout rates is important in order to focus on reaching all students needing to stay in school.
 
 
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