Lawmakers seek to crack down on elementary school truancy
Harris said 30% of elementary school students were truant in the 2012-13 school year.
“California’s Constitution guarantees our children the right to an education, yet our elementary schools face a truancy crisis,” Harris said. “When children in kindergarten through sixth grade miss school, they fall behind and too many never catch up.”
A child is considered truant after missing school or being tardy by more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse on three occasions during a school year.
One million elementary school students are truant each year, and 250,000 miss 18 or more school days, costing school districts $1.4 billion, Harris said.
Missing classes in elementary school sets the stage for problems…
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