House OKs bill with Madden's academic records transfer language

State Rep. Maureen Madden is pleased the state House of Representatives passed legislation that would require charter schools to share student records with one another within 10 days of receiving the request.

The bill (H.B. 357), incorporates language from Madden’s stand-alone legislation (H.B. 1334) introduced in May and heads to the Senate for consideration.

“It is necessary that a student be provided continuity in their education program and my proposal ensures that student records are transferred within 10 days from the school’s request for those records,” Madden said.

For students transferring to other academic institutions, Madden’s legislation would not only ensure that academic records be sent to the receiving school in a timely manner so that appropriate academic programs can be decided, it also would ensure that attendance records, especially any unexcused absences, be provided to the new school for monitoring and follow-up if necessary.

Madden said the school would also need to evaluate the student’s needs and place him or her in the appropriate academic program and provide a complete and accurate record of academic and attendance records.