California State Attorney General Kamala Harris released her second-annual report on California’s truancy levels, which for the first time breaks the numbers down by race.
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 crisis levels.
San Jose police have restarted a program to coincide with the beginning of the new school year intended to reduce both truancy and daytime burglaries, a spokesman said Tuesday.
The disappearance of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar has led to changes in how parents are alerted to student absences at district schools.
About 50 Berkeley High School students will be suspended and up to four could be expelled for a recently discovered scheme in which students hacked into the school’s attendance system and sold cleared absences to classmates.
Officials remain committed to a successful initiative to fight truancy and absenteeism in the city.
The numbers are even worse in Oakland, where 37 percent of students were found to have dropped out before graduating.
The City of Concord Tuesday night approved one of the strictest daytime curfew laws in the Bay Area, unanimously passing a law making it illegal for any child to be in public during normal school hours.
It could soon cost kids, and parents in Concord upwards of $500 if the teenager continues to cut class.
Gangs and truancy have a direct connection to crime according to Concord’s new police chief, and he said he has tackled them both since taking office.