Honorable Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair, House Committee On Public Education
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB202 by Stickland (Relating to the absence of a student from school to visit with a parent or guardian who will be or has been deployed on military duty.), As Introduced
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would require a school district to excuse for a maximum of 10 days the absence of a student whose active duty military parent or guardian has been called for duty, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from continuous deployment of at least six months outside of the area in which they regularly reside. These excused absences must be taken within 60 days of the date of deployment or within 30 days after the return of the parent or legal guardian from deployment.
Local Government Impact
According to an analysis by the Texas Education Agency, the extent to which school districts currently lose funding when students miss school to visit with parents under these circumstances is not known. However, the fiscal impact is not anticipated to be significant.