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Washington State Institute for Public Policy
October 2002
In 1995, the Washington Legislature passed a law known as the “Becca Bill.”   The Becca Bill addresses several areas of public policy, including those affecting at-risk, runaway, and truant youth.  This report describes the Institute’s latest evaluation of the truancy provisions in the Becca Bill.   In passing the bill, the Legislature recognized that truancy is linked to poor academic performance, dropping out of school, substance abuse, and criminal behavior.  The legislative intent is to keep kids in school and thereby avoid some of the undesirable outcomes associated with truancy.  This report analyzes whether the truancy provisions of the Becca Bill have had an effect on one of the main goals of the Act:  keeping kids in school.
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