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June 6, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN
Police chiefs and school officials announced Wednesday that they will push for a countywide daytime curfew ordinance to curb truancy. The measure will be drafted by a coalition made up of the county's Chiefs of Police and Sheriff's Assn., other law enforcement agencies and 28 school superintendents. It has not been decided what penalties the ordinance would entail or how it would be enforced. The ordinance would target the county's 460,000 students age 5 to 17.
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.
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 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.
February 23, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Odell L. Snavely has pleaded no contest to charges that he harbored two teen-age girls at his toy store last April when he knew they should have been in school. Snavely, 70, was charged Feb. 14 with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the truancy of a minor, said Kenneth Freeman, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. Each count is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28 in Huntington Park Municipal Court.
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.
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