DE HB23 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-2)
Status: Passed on May 18 2017 - 100% progression
Action: 2017-05-18 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]


This Act requires that any student over the age of 16 who wishes to leave school prior to graduation must obtain the written consent of the parent or guardian, and attend an exit interview where information is supplied regarding the likelihood of diminished earning potential and the increased likelihood of unemployment associated with dropping out. The school is also directed to explore whether there are support services, interventions or programs that might assist the student in remaining enrolled. The intent is to lower the dropout rate and encourage students to complete high school.

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An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To School Attendance.


Roll Calls

2017-04-05 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 15 N: 3 NV: 1 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2017-03-21 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 35 N: 2 NV: 1 Abs: 3) [PASS]


2017-05-18 Signed by Governor
2017-04-05 Passed By Senate. Votes: 15 YES 3 NO 1 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT
2017-03-29 Reported Out of Committee (Education) in Senate with 3 On Its Merits
2017-03-21 Assigned to Education Committee in Senate
2017-03-21 Passed By House. Votes: 35 YES 2 NO 1 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT
2017-03-21 Amendment HA 1 to HB 23 - Passed In House by Voice Vote
2017-03-15 Amendment HA 1 to HB 23 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2017-01-25 Reported Out of Committee (Education) in House with 11 On Its Merits
2017-01-05 Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

Delaware State Sources

Bill Comments