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February 19, 2012
It's no secret that school attendance is a good indicator of a child's future success. Students who are chronically tardy or who cut school tend to lag academically and are ultimately more likely to drop out. But how to prevent truancy is a vexing question. Next week, the Los Angeles City Council will consider whether to amend the existing "Juvenile Daytime Curfew Ordinance" that allows police to conduct sweeps and issue hefty tickets to truants and replace it with a policy that requires counseling and mandatory community service for first- and second-time offenders.
August 20, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
When the school district's 21,600 students return to school in September, teachers expect to see each and every one of them in class. Most Irvine Unified School District teachers will not be disappointed. District officials reported this week that unexcused absences averaged less than 1% last school year. The 0.71% rate of unexcused absences works out to an average of five absences per day for each of the district's 28 schools in grades kindergarten through high school.
February 14, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The two groups of high school protesters — one dressed as graduates with caps and gowns, the other donning orange jail jumpsuits — huddled together outside Van Nuys City Hall on Monday chanting: "Pre-med! Pre-jobs! Not pre-prison!" Inside, a special meeting of the City Council's Public Safety Committee discussed a proposal that would strike down a long-standing law allowing police to cite students who are late to class. About 100 high school students dressed up to depict what they called the criminalization of students for tardiness.
February 23, 2012 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to amend the city's daytime curfew law, which allowed police to ticket students who arrived at school after the start of class, even if they had not intended to be truant. During an hour-long discussion, more than 30 people criticized the rule as financially crippling — fines and court costs could surpass $800 — and criminalizing to students who, though tardy, were trying to attend school. Many of those fined came from low-income families that could ill afford such costs.
November 3, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe
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.
October 17, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday that his office would continue an anti-truancy, anti-gang program aimed at middle school students. Operation Bright Future teaches parents about their legal responsibility to send their children to school and warns that parents whose children are excessively absent could face misdemeanor charges. The attendance rate for students enrolled in the program increased by 3.4% last year, officials said.
June 19, 1991
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office charged a Downey woman Tuesday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allowing her 12-year-old son to skip his sixth grade classes. Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Higgins said it is the first time the criminal charge has been filed in a truancy case. Leticia Delava faces a year in jail and a $2,500 fine if she is convicted.
December 13, 1991
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies picked up 73 Antelope Valley high school students Thursday during a surprise truancy sweep, the first of the year by the high school district, school officials said. The students, 40 of them from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, were found at fast-food outlets and in shopping areas. They were taken to two holding sites and later released to their parents or schools, officials said.
August 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Parents of habitually truant students were nabbed in a countywide sweep, authorities said. On Tuesday, Sacramento County law enforcement and school officials targeted chronic offenders who fail to send their children to school despite extensive help from officials. Twenty-one parents were arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor -- a charge carrying a maximum penalty of one year in county jail and a fine of $2,500.
September 19, 1995
One of the great ironies of skipping school is that it can get you kicked out of school. Traditionally, truants are punished with suspension or expulsion. "Then they're back out on the streets, which is where we don't want them," said Pasadena City Prosecutor Tracy Webb. But school and city officials are looking for alternatives that will discourage truancy while keeping students in school.
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