State Laws & Regulations Related to Dropping Out
The information below links to the Revised Statutes of Missouri which provide information related to the state laws related to school attendance, reporting, enforcement, special programs, and other regulated areas.
Parents can be charged with educational neglect if a child less than 16 doesn’t regularly attend school. Enforcement of this law is charged to the entities in 167.111. Schools can refer truants to juvenile authorities and their parents to the local prosecutor. Furthermore, a call can be made to the Children’s Division Abuse and Neglect Hotline in the case where a child enrolled in school is not in regular attendance for no good reason.
Chapter 167 - Pupils and Special Services
Section 167 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri provide the framework for school attendance in Missouri.
Truant or parental schools, establishment — attendance may be compelled — neglected children, attendance — support payments.
Certain persons may administer oaths and take affidavits — issuance of certificates.
Officials to enforce compulsory attendance law.
Specialized courses of instruction — pupils at risk of dropping out — pregnant teens and teen mothers.
Program of parent education — pregnant teens, teen parents — at-risk families, characteristics — potential dropouts, characteristics.
Dropouts to be reported to state literacy hot line.
Chief school officers to provide information on postsecondary financial assistance.
Support services for students at high risk — application, elements — priority applications, elements — use of funds — allowable costs.
Changes the requirement for compulsory attendance age for school districts, except for the St. Louis City School District, to seventeen years of age or successful completion of sixteen credits toward high school graduation.
Chapter 162 - School Districts
162.553 — Urban school district may form ad hoc committee on dropout prevention — members — selection.
Youth Opportunities and Violence Prevention Act
Citation of law - tax credit, amount, claim, limitation - allowable programs - report - apportionment of credits - rulemaking authority
Youth opportunities and violence prevention program established, purpose--advisory committee defined, members, appointment--fund, establishment, administration--program criteria, evaluation --database, development, operation.
Department may assign moneys, limitations--agreement, audit authorized--repayment of funds.
Missouri Youth Service and Conservation Corps
Youth service and conservation corps established.
Department of Economic Development