History and Mission
The mission of the Becca Task Force is to help keep kids engaged in school, on the path of educational success, and out of the criminal system.
Recognizing challenges inherent in carrying out the intent and goals of the Becca laws, King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng and Washington State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge founded the Becca Task Force in 2002 to help support schools, courts, and service providers in this effort.
Becca Task Force membership includes legislators, judges, court administrators and staff, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, schools, and treatment providers.
If you are interested in becoming a Becca Task Force member, please contact us.
Key Becca Task Force activities are ongoing throughout the calendar year, and include monthly meetings, an annual conference, and education sessions before the Washington State Legislature.
Becca Task Force meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Center for Children & Youth Justice in Seattle, Washington. For meeting minutes and agendas, please contact us .
The Task Force meets monthly to:
• Review current research on Becca youth and best practices;
• Examine system outcomes and identify gaps in carrying out the Becca laws;
• Identify issues requiring reform of the State’s Becca laws, policies, and practices; and
• Strategize and coordinate efforts among its members to promote the intent, goals and outcomes of the Washington State Becca Laws.
Annual Becca Conference
Since 2004, the Washington State Becca Task Force has co-hosted an annual two-day conference in collaboration with a juvenile court and/or education partner. Becca Task Force members, school representatives, juvenile court representatives, members of the legal community, service providers, and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend the Conference to learn about current developments in Becca-related research, law, and policy; receive information and training on model programs and practices used in Washington and nationally; and network with stakeholders and representatives from various youth-serving agencies in the State.
The 2015 Becca Conference will be held on October 29th and 30th at La Quinta Inn in Tacoma, Washington. Please save the dates!
Annual Becca Education Sessions
Each year since 2004, the Washington State Becca Task Force has been invited to present an annual “Becca Education Session” in Olympia, WA before members of the State Senate and House during the legislative session. The Session has provided an opportunity for Task Force members to educate our State Legislators on the challenges and successes with the truancy laws, and current research on causes and correlates of truancy, demographic characteristics of truant youth, and promising practices for truancy reduction in Washington State.
In 2010, the Becca Task Force convened a Policy Workgroup, which was charged with developing recommendations, informed by research and focused in specific areas, to reform the State’s truancy system. Through the work of the Policy Workgroup, a set of recommendations was developed, approved by the Becca Task Force, and distributed to State Legislators at a full-day education summit.
To view the 1-page Becca Task Force Recommendations, please click here.
To view the full Becca Task Force Recommendations, please click here.
To view the Becca Task Force minority report, please click here.
To learn more about Becca Task Force reform priorities, please contact us.