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Truancy

Decriminalizing School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is critically important that public schools entrusted with educating and preparing children for college, work and life stop feeding them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with zero tolerance policies. Denying a child an education is hardly in the child or society's best interest.

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...

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Cutting School Is Great Fun, Until You're Drenched In Your Lover's Blood (NSFW) (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 01.30.2014 | Weird News

Hey, Kids: Thinking about cutting class? Maybe you'd like to skip out on that boring lecture and hit the beach, work on that tan, catch a buzz -- and ...

Steps Forward on School Discipline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other nonwhite children's extraordinary talents are still being wasted.

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?

Billboards That Do Damage

Robert Shireman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Robert Shireman

This billboard looms ominously over a busy thoroughfare in a troubled neighborhood. A creation of the Ad Council, it is designed to reduce school truancy. In fact, it is more likely to have the opposite effect by making dropping out seem acceptable.

Why Parents Are Getting Robocalls

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 11.08.2013 | Los Angeles

Alfonso Martinez had dropped his 17-year-old daughter off at Grant High early Friday, so he figured that Roxana had just missed morning roll call when...

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...

Suspensions: The Wrong Answer for D.C. Students

Judith Sandalow | Posted 08.27.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

A new report shows that 13 percent of students were suspended at least once during the 2011-2012 school year, with some middle schools suspending more than two-thirds of their students. The vast majority of these suspensions were for behaviors involving no drugs, no injuries, and no weapons.

Joy Resmovits

'My School Is More Of A Prison To Me'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics

Ashley Brown, a Dallas high school sophomore, missed four days of school after her grandmother died. Shortly after that, a teacher taking roll missed ...

Pushing for More Progress in the District's Children's Mental Health System

Judith Sandalow | Posted 07.08.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Last year Children's Law Center published a plan with practical recommendations to improve the children's mental health system in the District. Today, Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we are releasing a report card that assesses progress in the areas outlined in our plan.

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.

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...

A School Too Far: Is School Choice Unraveling Education Reform In New York City?

Marc Epstein | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education
Marc Epstein

At the end of the day, neither public service messages nor increased cooperation between schools, police, and social welfare services will cut the truancy Gordian Knot.

Honor Student Jailed For Missing Too Many Classes

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 05.29.2012 | Teen

Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honor student in Texas, was forced to spend the night in jail last week after missing too many classes, KHOU-11's Sherry Wil...

'I Fought The Law -- And I Won'

| Posted 03.22.2012 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at L.A. Youth, a nonprofit organization that helps teens advocate for themselves through journalism, l...

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 ...

WATCH: Students & Parents Protest $250 Fines For Being Late To School

The Huffington Post | Andrea Long-Chavez | Posted 03.19.2012 | Latino Voices

Nabil Romero was handcuffed, searched and fined by police as he approached Edward Roybal Learning Center in Westlake. His crime: he was late to sc...

Hard Knocks Keeping Kids In School

Posted 02.10.2012 | Denver

The number of habitual truants in Aurora, Colo.'s public schools seem to be dropping since district officials began their door-knocking campaign six y...

Kid Late For School? Arrest The Parents!

Lisa Belkin | Posted 03.26.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

At least one police officer in Loudoun, VA thinks that one mother of three little girls should be punished for "contributing to the delinquency of her minor children." The specifics of her crime? Getting her children to elementary school late.

Report: Bullying Not Direct Cause Of Truancy, Schools Can Support Victims

Posted 02.16.2012 | Education

School bullying does not directly cause more students to skip school, but challenges to the underlying social and emotional complexities exist, new re...

QUICK POLL: Should Students Be Fined For Cutting Class?

Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

At Nashua High School in New Hampshire, students aged 16 and older are now facing the possibility of being fined up to $100 per day for cutting class....