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      Educators Support Changes to Truancy Law

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      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Educators and advocates are supporting efforts to change Nebraska's truancy law.

      The Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal to change the state's truancy law at a hearing.

      Current law allows schools to report when students missed 20 days or more due to documented illness or other approved excuses. If any of the absences are unexcused, the school can request more time to work with the student or the school can request that the county attorney intervenes.

      Sen. Brad Ashford has proposed a change so that illnesses would not need to be documented and schools would not report the information to county attorneys if all 20 absences are excused.

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