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Apparently, when truants (some of whom become criminals) are found on the streets, MPD gets involved with their special patrols and special vans and picks them up and takes them back to school. This system needs to be enhanced; it works.

(The DeeCee govt has enough trouble addressing personal household dysfunction; it can barely address it's own DC Council dysfunction and corruption.)

Get the kids back to school each and every day. Those who don't have responsible parents or who wont go to school on their own, will need MPD to be more involved. After 3-5 UNEXCUSED absences (when neither parent or student have a rational credible reason for the absence), put them on GPS tracking devices until their track record improves. It's for their own good, and the community's, and it might just keep them and their families from addressing this in our dysfunctional courts -- which are a huge waste of time and money. Let the school principals have authority over this program. Leave the courts and their lawyers, who Mr Catania wants to enrich, out of the equation.

[Attn DC techie innovators: A truant oriented GPS system could give special access via smart phone or computer to principals, MPD and parents, to make sure they are being monitored if not in school.]

Ask local businesses not to sell anything (aside perhaps cough medicine) to unsupervised students during school hours. Or institute a punishable ban like those for tobacco and alcohol for businesses who do not comply.

It was odd that during the previous Ed Comm hearing on truancy that although MPD Asst Chief Diane Groomes took the time out of her busy schedule to sit through the entire hearing, she, as the the primary official responsible for patrol and school security issues, was not allowed or expected to address this issue. (And truancy doesn't seem to be a part of Chief Lanier's testimony before CM Wells' committee tomorrow.)

The more days these students are outside of school, the more likely they will be wasting tax dollars and further ruining their lives being incarcerated in jail or prison. Let's make the effort to keep them in school. Punishing bad parents, wont make them better parents.

And somebody please tell candidate Paul Zukerberg that illness is a legitimate reason to be absent from school. If you can't comprehend the question or issues, you shouldn't be running for Council.

"A kid may be absent because of illness,.."

Catania's heart seems to be in the right place, but this attempt is poorly focussed at this point. He gets an A for taking the issue seriously, nonetheless.

by ShawingtonTimes on Feb 26, 2013 1:00 pm • linkreport

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