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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1994 | JON NALICK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
School and police officials will soon begin a program aimed at preventing students from ditching classes, district officials have announced. The three-year program is designed to offer counseling, crisis intervention and tutoring for at-risk students, said Alan Trudell, a spokesman for the Garden Grove Unified School District. Garden Grove police Capt. David Abrecht said the program is crucial not only to keep youngsters in school but also to curb youth violence.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1997
The police chief of Monrovia and its youth services police officer have been honored by a law enforcement organization for their department's innovative anti-truancy program. The International Assn. of Chiefs of Police selected the program as one of the 10 best of its kind in the world, officials said. The Webber Seavy Award was given to Chief Joseph A. Santoro and Police Officer Bill Couch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Some local students who ditched school this year found themselves suddenly handcuffed and in the back of a police car. Though the action sounds harsh, its motive is to identify youngsters who might be headed for trouble and to help them. Students picked up by law enforcement officers go to the Truancy Learning Center at Richland High School, said Frank Boehler, a child welfare and attendance administrator who gave the Orange Unified school board an update on the new program last week.
NEWS
June 5, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daytime crime in Los Angeles has dropped a dramatic 20% to 45% in categories including burglary, shoplifting and car break-ins two years after a tough anti-truancy law was passed by the City Council, according to new statistics prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
Students who are considering skipping school may soon want to think twice because of a tough new anti-truancy law approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. The council gave final approval to the law, which would authorize police officers to cite students caught playing hooky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
One high school student was homeless. Another worked every day so that he could help support his family. Another was afraid to attend school because he thought that he was the target of a gang. The reasons for chronic truancy in every grade level of school are often too complex to solve with a simple phone call home by a principal or counselor.
NEWS
September 19, 1993
The Los Angeles Unified School District has set up a toll-free hot line aimed at reducing the number of students who skip school. Adults may report the location of students not in school by calling (800) 865-2873, attendance counselor Nathana Schooler said. A truant officer will respond. Schooler said the hot line is also staffed by workers who speak languages other than English.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
Police, school and court officials Monday praised a new anti-truancy law, saying it can be credited for increasing school attendance and reducing daytime crime. "It's probably one of the best programs I've seen as far as getting students back in school," said David Searcy, a juvenile court supervisor who has been watching the results of the ordinance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1996
Just weeks after President Clinton praised such laws, the Norwalk City Council has proposed loosening its anti-truancy ordinance in response to concerns that it may violate the rights of some students. The council plans to introduce possible revisions tonight to its 11-month-old policy of allowing the city to charge parents for the cost of apprehending children found loitering when they are supposed to be in school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Four San Fernando Valley high schools may have found an antidote to the disease of truancy that has plagued schools since their existence: an F. According to preliminary figures, attendance rates have improved markedly at four schools where policies allowing teachers to fail students who miss a fixed number of days in class were implemented last year.
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