HBA-JLV, MPM H.B. 1277 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1277 By: King, Tracy Public Education 4/3/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE School districts receive state funding based on the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) of their students. Currently, a school district may file charges against a student under the age of eighteen for poor attendance. However, there is no such option if a student with poor attendance is over eighteen years of age. The primary option for a school district is to withdraw the student from the district, which counts against the school district's drop out rate, thereby affecting the funding of the school district. School administrators believe they need the ability to withdraw eighteen year old students from the prospective school districts without the student being counted as a dropout. House Bill 1277 prohibits the commissioner of education from considering a dropout or a student who failed to attend school for purposes of determining performance on academic excellence indicators. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1277 amends the Education Code to prohibit the commissioner of education (commissioner) from considering as a dropout or as a student who failed to attend school a student whose failure to attend results from revocation of enrollment of a student who voluntarily attends school after the student's 18th birthday because the student has more than five unexcused absences. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. This Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002 school year.