SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – More elementary school kids in Contra Costa and Alameda counties miss school than students in almost any other county in California according to a new report which says state truancy is at a ‘crisis’ level.
California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris championed the cause of anti-truancy when she was San Francisco’s District Attorney several years ago. Now she’s brought her effort to the state level with her first annual report on elementary student truancy.
“The California Constitution guarantees every child the right to an education, yet we are failing our youngest children, as early as kindergarten,” Harris said in a statement. “This crisis is not only crippling for our economy, it is a basic threat to public safety.”
“40 percent of truant students in California are in elementary school. In some elementary schools up to 92-percent of their students are truants,” said Harris.