23 Jun '14

News Do US laws that punish parents for truancy keep their kids in school?

After a woman died serving time in jail for her children's truancy fines, the Guardian investigated US truancy data and how states try to enforce laws for keeping kids in classEarlier this month, a Berks County, Pennsylvania, mother died in jail while serving a 48-hour sentence, handed down because she couldn't pay her children's truancy fines. She owed about $2,000 in fines and other court costs, which had piled up over more than a decade, according to the AP. But while the woman's story took a particularly tragic turn, many more parents across the US face fines or jail time over their childrens unexcused school absences. Just how many is hard to quantify nationally or even at state-levels, but the Berks County school district alone has imprisoned over 1,600 people mostly women for failing to pay truancy fines between 2000-2013, according to a local paper, The Reading Eagle. Continue reading...

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