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Christie Signs Law Requiring Parents to Report Absences

Law also mandates school officials to contact parents if a student is absent without prior notification.

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation into law on Friday requiring parents to notify officials when their child will be absent from school.

The law also stipulates that school officials must contact a parent if a student is absent without prior notification to the school.

The bill, known as Tabitha’s Law, is named for a Tennessee teenager, Tabitha Tudor, whose parents were not aware she did not attend school one day in 2003. The school did not contact Tudor’s parents to tell them she was absent. They did not know she was missing until almost 5 p.m. that day. She remains missing.

State 40th District Assemblyman Scott Rumana is the primary sponsor of the bill Christie signed.

“Unanticipated absences can be a sign of a bigger problem, which can be solved by being proactive,” Rumana said in a statement. “Responding quickly to an unexaplained absence can avert a tragedy and the heartache that families and communities feel when they hear a story like [Tudor’s].”

zizi December 12, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Great job..... Governer,,,,, you got my vote from now on..... not voted for you the last time around.... but that is about to change......
Tee Smyth December 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Hey Daniel, you may want to correct the spelling of Tabitha's name. Her last name is spelled Tuders, not Tudor.
Noah Cohen December 12, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Thanks. Fixed it. All the press releases issued about the NJ law said "Tudor"
John Santaella December 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Teaneck has been doing this for years now; notifying the home when a child is absent. Did we really need to use up another letter in the alphabet in enacting a law?
Tee Smyth December 12, 2012 at 07:17 PM
No worries! But, it still says Tudor.

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