12/08/2011 08:45 am ET

Tougher On Truancy: Detroit Public Schools, Wayne County Look For Ways To Cut Back On Absences

During a Wednesday press conference addressing the district's national report card grades, Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts noted that he had been in talks with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office about the district's growing truancy problem.

"We've been in talks with the prosecuting attorney," Roberts said briefly. "We're exploring every alternative."

Attendance for the 2010-11 school year fell below the state minimum of 75 percent for 46 days. The state is reportedly deciding whether to penalize DPS for the truancy and how much.

Roberts did not elaborate on what kind of plans DPS were exploring to keep kids in classrooms, but the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says it is looking to continue building upon existing partnerships with the district.

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