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@ShawingtonTimes: I wanted to stand up and applaud at my desk when I read your suggestion for GPS trackers for excessively truant students.

Unfortunately, we all know lawsuits would be filed at the speed of light to stop such a practice. It'd be a big to-do, with editorials, firey testimonials at council session, demonstrations outside the courthouse and everything. If even half the energy on such a grandstanding response were put towards actually enforcing school attendance, we'd have a perfect record in this town.

I am sympathetic to segments of the community that feel there is no future for them in education because of a lack of opportunities in their community (I.e. no one I know has an education, so why should I? ; I always get bad grades, so why try?; I have on interest in the subjects, so why try?) Instead of just giving up and shrugging our shoulders, DC should work to ensure there are multiple paths for success in our schools for people of all skill sets and interests, via technical schools, applied learning opportunities, mentorship, etc. But I support Councilman Catania's effort to bring some kind of penalty to parents for truly egregious violators of attendance requirements.

by Adam on Feb 26, 2013 1:15 pm • linkreport

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