Truancy in District Poses Uphill Battle

May 5, 2011  |  

(Washington Informer ) — Truancy among students in the District is a serious issue, and with about one in seven high school students attending classes only about three times a week, the problem isn’t getting any better.  School attendance in D.C. is required for any child who reaches age five on or before December 31 and they must attend classes until their 18th birthday.  However, students under 18 are listed as truant after several incidences of unexcused absences.  Recent reports have stated that as many as 2,000 students a day are reported truant in the District. Some of the reasons include domestic issues, bullying and lack of transportation.  “But, I think that most of the kids who are not attending simply don’t like school or they just aren’t doing well in their classes,” said D.C. Council member Michael Brown (I-At-Large).  “Instead of bringing them back to school or processing them at a police station, I suggest sending them to a job training program.”

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