Testimony on DC Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013
Ignoring the severe impact it would have on homeless families, the D.C. City Council has proposed a bill that
would require prosecuting parents of chronically truant children. Joining Gray
Administration officials who have called it expensive, unneeded and an overreach of legislative power, the Law Center submitted joint expert testimony with the Washington Legal
Clinic for the Homeless, that explores the complex causes of truancy, including
homelessness and housing insecurity. Their testimony makes recommendations to better
address the needs of truant, housing-insecure students and the root causes of the housing and
truancy problems in DC.