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Current legislative activity:
Truancy Bills (as voted on by the Families, Seniors and Human Services committee):
Zero Tolerance FAQ
Zero Tolerance Package proposal
Federal Law regarding Zero Tolerance (Currently)
Michigan Law regarding Zero Tolerance (Currently)
Exceptions, definitions, and goals of current Michigan Zero Tolerance Laws
Our Michigan School-Justice Partnership group is an integral part of the proposed changes. While we were hoping to have a state-wide definition of truancy for the Summit in September 2013, we didn’t make it to the final phases in time. As it turned out, however, this was a good thing. All of the county plans that were submitted to address truancy issues for each particular county and the feedback obtained during our regional forums in May and June had the impact of informing the proposed amendments. In addition, it gave us a chance to do a 50 state comparison survey.
Zero tolerance law changes, effective August 1, 2017:
Please note: the zero tolerance law changes do not take away the ability for a school to suspend or expel a student and but actually give the discretion for expulsion back to the school authorities. There are certainly still events that lead to a need for suspension and expulsion. However, right now current law requires expulsion for certain student behavior with absolutely no exceptions. Our changes allow the local school in August 2017 to look at each situation and decided based on the specific child and circumstances rather than having children being expelled for reasons the original legislation had never intended. These changes give the decision-making discretion back to each local school.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like additional information or someone to come speak to your group, please contact Angela Cole, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989)513-1260.