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    Filed at 7:21 pm under by dcobranchi

    the law is an ass.

    From an article on truancy in California:

    It’s the law. Minors must attend school — be it traditional schooling, home schooling or alternative education. The law says minors must be making academic progress. Parents, in partnership with the schools, have the responsibility to enforce it.

    And, how, exactly, does the law enforce academic progress?

    3 Responses to “IF THAT’S WHAT THE LAW SAYS”

    Comment by
    June 27th, 2004
    at 9:06 pm

    Good question Daryl. Anyone have an answer?

    The article states that; the courts have fined just a handful of parents since the crackdown began. There was no statistics on how much truancy there was before.

    NCLB is based on daily attendance rates. The schools want federal money; they are going to cash in anyway they can.

    I wouldn’t want to be in partnership with schools if I’m served with fines, bench warrants and behavior modification.

    I have read and heard how teachers blame the home life of the students or the parents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management and Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1999, stated that students cited boredom and loss of interest in school, irrelevant courses, suspensions, and bad relationships with teachers as the major factors in their decision to skip school. On the other hand, most of the school staff believed truancy to be related primarily to student problems with family and peers.

    Here’s another article: asbj.c...h.html

    Comment by
    June 29th, 2004
    at 6:13 pm

    If the law requires academic progress, they better send a fleet of paddy wagons to the public schools in California.

    Comment by
    J Aron
    July 1st, 2004
    at 10:30 am

    Academic progress..yeah that’s about as nebulous as the phrase “equivalent instruction”