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School Truancy

Texas Can No Longer Send Kids To Jail For Missing School

AP | JAMIE STENGLE | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

DALLAS (AP) -- A long-standing Texas law that has sent about 100,000 students a year to criminal court - and some to jail - for missing school is off ...

Black Elementary Students Are Absent At Alarming Rate In This State

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Black elementary schoolchildren in California were chronically truant and faced suspension from school at disproportionately high r...

WATCH: School Kids Make Unbelievably Awesome Rihanna Parody Video

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents

We didn't think Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" could get any better, but a group of Oakland school kids just blew it out of the water. In an ado...

Move Over, Traffic Court, It's Time for a New Money-Making Scheme: School Truancy Laws That Jail Parents and Levy Excessive Fines

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Under this increasingly popular system of truancy enforcement, instead of giving students detention or some other in-school punishment for "unauthorized" absences, schools are now opting to fine parents and force them, or their kids, to serve jail time.

New Hampshire Parents Could Face Criminal Charges For Kids Playing Hooky

Posted 11.29.2012 | Education

When students play hooky in Rochester, N.H., their parents could be the ones getting a tarnished permanent record. Rochester police have announced ...

Chicago Tribune Report: Nearly 32,000 Chicago Public School Students Were Chronically Absent In 2010-11

Posted 11.12.2012 | Education

Nearly 32,000 — or approximately 1 in 8 — Chicago public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade missed four weeks of class or more d...

San Francisco Students Playing Hooky For Giants Parade Cost Schools Nearly $160,000

Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

San Francisco schools are paying a hefty price for last week's Giants World Series parade. Among the tens of thousands who showed up to honor the W...

Initiative Challenges Students To Keep Showing Up For School

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 09.03.2012 | Education

BERKELEY, Calif. -- School day wake-up calls recorded by celebrities. Weekend makeup classes. Contests with laptop computers, private concerts and car...

S.C. Bill Denies High School Dropouts, Truants Of Driver's Licenses

Posted 03.06.2012 | Education

Playing hooky? Fine, but South Carolina students shouldn't expect to be doing it while cruising around town. Under a bill advanced last week by a ...

Lawsuit Claims Truancy Fines Take It Too Far: One Parent Charged $27,000

AP | MARC LEVY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

LEBANON, Pa. — A federal lawsuit accuses a Pennsylvania school district of imposing excessive and illegal fines on truant children or their fami...