DC mayor vetoes diploma bill for chronically absent students

July 14, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has issued her first-ever veto, rejecting legislation that would allow high school seniors absent for more than six weeks of class to graduate.

The Washington Post quotes Bowser as saying Wednesday that the bill undermines the city’s efforts to promote attendance. The D.C. Council passed the legislation 12-1 in June, around the same time the school system started enforcing long-ignored attendance policies following a graduation scandal.

Lawmakers had said then that it was unfair to change the rules during the school year and effectively punish students. The measure only applied to student who satisfied all other graduation requirements. It also would’ve delayed the attendance policy’s enforcement until this upcoming academic school year.

Bowser is running for re-election and won the race’s Democratic nomination last month.


Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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