Educational Neglect Law & Legal Definition


Educational neglect is defined as parents failing to ensure that their children are provided an education consistent with standards adopted by the state. Some acts which are considered educational neglect include failure to enrol or register the child in school, inattention to special education needs, and allowing chronic truancy.

The Department of Children and Families in Connecticut defines it in the following statement:

"Educational neglect occurs when a parent of a child , age seven through fifteen, interferes with the ability of the child to receive proper care and attention educationally.

Proper care and attention educationally is the consistent receipt of a program of educational services provided by a Local Education Agency (LEA) or by an approved private school or through home instruction in accordance with state Department of Education procedures."