A Pasadena lawmaker Monday joined California Attorney General Kamala Harris to unveil legislation that aims to tackle what officials are calling a “truancy crisis” in elementary schools statewide.
The number of truancy citations issued to students by Los Angeles Unified School District police has plunged over the last four years, according to a new study.
One million elementary school students were truant last year, costing the state an estimated $46 billion and starting students on a cycle directly linked to crime, social services and public health problems in later years, according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The Glendale Unified School District has hired a Hermosa Beach company to monitor public social media posts made by its students to find out when teens are in trouble or causing it.
Orange County authorities have arrested six local parents for allowing their children to be chronically truant from school.
Students, parents and school district officials have complained the penalties could have a negative effect on attendance.
A Long Beach mother faced charges Friday after her son missed more than 50 days of school, according to police.
A truancy crackdown in Orange County is ending up with parents who allow their kids to skip school now behind bars.
More than five-dozen students enrolled in Moreno Valley schools were caught ditching class and slapped with citations ranging from $100 to $500 during a truancy sweep.
Call it a last-ditch effort to tackle truancy in Orange County.