Academic records would transfer timelier under Madden bill

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Maureen Madden is reintroducing legislation that would require school districts and charter schools to share student records with one another within 10 days of receiving the request.

“My bill would protect students and their families regardless of their choice of school,” said Madden, D-Monroe. “It is imperative that a student be provided with continuity of their education program and, for a school entity to evaluate the students’ needs and place them in the appropriate academic programs, a complete and accurate record of their academic and attendance records are necessary.”

For students transferring to other academic institutions, her 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’s bill (H.B. 1334) joins a package of eight bills proposed by House Democrats calling for fiscal and academic accountability among all schools in the state, particularly with public charter schools.