Thursday, July 28, 2011

Not just poorly defined, purposefully redefined!

Read my World Herald Article, Midlands Voices: Truancy remodel is poorly defined -, the headline being the only part I didn't write. Certainly the law is a remodel of school attendance policy but it's not just poorly defined, it's purposefully redefined! Even the U.S. Department of Justice defines truancy as "absent without excuse" while our law now removes the distinctions. Previously excused absences such as common illness, a death or serious illness in the immediate family, observance of religious holidays, educational activities, or personal reasons are now counted toward criminal truancy.

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