Wednesday, August 9, 2006
From orlandosentinel.com: Truancy is out of control across Central Florida, and school officials in Orange and Osceola counties are turning to police and the state attorney for more help in convincing parents that their children must be in school.
Beginning with this year's start of school, parents of Orange and Osceola students with five unexcused absences in a month or 10 in three months may be in line for a serious talk with a law-enforcement officer.
The reasoning is simple. Educators say kids can't learn if they're not in school, and students and schools both end up with poor grades when the truancy rate is high. Law-enforcement agencies also cite a link between truancy and juvenile crime, drug abuse and teen pregnancy. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]