“Truancy court: Parents get support, kids get to school”

I’ve previously posted about a number of punitive actions districts have considered or taken against parents in order to get actions taken by them.

Truancy court: Parents get support, kids get to school is an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that takes a different approach:

Here’s an excerpt:

In the past 10 years, 740 parents have been prosecuted and charged with truancy infractions and 85 to 90 percent of their 1,000 children have shown improved attendance.

“I think it is a combination of the power of a courtroom and the justice system coupled with the assistance that’s provided through all of the case management and health care providers plus the fact the parents are mandated to come back to court on a regular basis,” she said. “What it shows is that the justice system, over and above everything else, is powerful and doesn’t necessarily need to be punitive.”

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