CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- Warning that elementary school truancy in California has reached a crisis level, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and lawmakers on Monday proposed a package of bills aimed at improving the tracking of absenteeism and the evaluation and use of measures to keep kids in school. Harris estimated that 1 million elementary school students are truant each year and 250,000 of them miss 18 or more school days costing school districts $1.4 billion. In all, 30% of elementary school students were truant during the 2012-2013 school year, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report. The report, by the Community Rights Campaign - an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities - also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from 2011-12 to 2012-13. But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice as likely to be ticketed than whites, according to the report released last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 |
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report . The report, by the Community Rights Campaign, an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities, also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from...
October 19, 2013
Re “Truancy is just a symptom,” Opinion, Oct. 13 Ellie Herman's Op-Ed article on truancy brought back many classroom memories from my days as a public school teacher and counselor. She wrote movingly of her students' real-life challenges making it to school, and she correctly summarized why any one-pronged solution to this complex problem is delusional and why criminalizing truancy is ineffective at best. We need to identify and then fix the root problems that lead to truancy and the ill effects that ripple throughout society and affect us all. Fortunately, good, solid work has been done toward that end. Under the direction of Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Michael Nash, the School Attendance Task Force - a Project of the L.A. Education Coordinating Council - has explored ways to fight truancy based on best practices and research.
October 13, 2013 |
He was 15 years old but looked 12, a reedy, pale little guy with a mop of dark hair. When he stood in front of the class to tell his story, he was so nervous you could see his skinny legs trembling under his khakis. The drama class assignment was to tell a story about a minor life event that led to some new realization about the world - an assignment designed both to help the kids get over their shyness and to teach the meaning of the word "epiphany. " The "minor" life event the boy chose to relay was the time his father, addicted to meth and hallucinating, threw himself out a fourth-story window and died.
October 4, 2013
Re "Taking roll in California," Opinion, Sept. 30 It's good to see California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris team up with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to sound the alarm about truancy. Truancy predicts crime. It's a lot easier to get kids back to school than it is to deal with the aftermath for the rest of their lives. Harris and Duncan suggest a tough policy: "Hold accountable everyone who bears responsibility for getting kids to school. " But as former L.A. Unified School District Supt.