New Jersey Department of Education

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Truancy Reduction Pilot Project

The NJDOE is providing funding and resource and technical support for this project, which is designed to reduce student truancy and increase student engagement in learning in the schools of six cities in New Jersey identified under theGovernor’s Plan for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods. The project is being led by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in partnership with the NJDOE, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department of Children and Families and the Department of State, as well as with the teams of school and community stakeholders in each of the six pilot cities.  Consultation services are being provided to the partner state agencies and to the pilot cities by the National Center for School Engagement (NCSE).

The Truancy Reduction Pilot Project is aligned with and assists the six participating districts in meeting the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.9 Attendance, which includes the requirements for addressing unexcused student absences and student truancies.